United Wagon Company will deliver Metafrax, a Russian producer of methanol, 100 new generation tank cars.
The car (model 15-6880) equipped with a 25-tf bogie has an enhanced loading capacity of 73 tonnes and a tank capacity of 88 m3. These features allow for up to 2 tonnes of additional load per car compared to that of most rail cars currently used on Russia’s railway network while keeping the length of the tank within standard limits, which renders methanol transport more efficient.
A train of 80 UWC cars can carry 160 tonnes more of cargo than a train formed of non-UWC cars, which reduces both the size of the tank car fleet required for transport and the cost of terminal operations.
For this car model the maintenance intervals are extended – up to 1 million km of mileage or 8 years of operation, slashing the lifecycle costs by as much as almost three times. The service life of the car is 32 years compared to 24 years for analogues.
Metafrax currently has more than 400 UWC tank cars in its rolling stock fleet.
The 15-6880 tank car developed by the All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology has been manufactured at the TikhvinChemMash plant since 2016.