PKP Intercity Remtrak has delivered the first modernised locomotive to PKP Intercity after it has been repaired at its expanded Idzikowice plant in Libiszów near Opoczno (Łódź Voivodeship). The EP09 electric locomotive No. 039, capable to run at a speed of 160 km/h, underwent the fourth maintenance level activities for the first time at the plant in Libiszów.
The implementation of the project is the result of the third stage of the expansion of the PKP Intercity Remtrak branch in Libiszów which was completed in the first half of 2021. Thanks to a PLN 135 million (EUR 30 million) investment, the plant has become the carrier’s leading technical base. The main goal of the investment was to further increase the efficiency and quality of in-house rolling stock repairs and to extend the scope of services provided for PKP Intercity.
“The multi-million investment completed last year will improve the service of the rolling stock and bring tangible financial benefits to PKP Intercity,” Marek Chraniuk, the President of the Management Board of PKP Intercity said.
The project covered the construction of two halls to ensure repairs activities for wheelsets, railcars and bogies, P5 and P4 level of maintenance services for passenger carriages and electric locomotives respectively.
The modernised branch in Idzikowice allows to significantly increase the number and scope of works performed for PKP Intercity. The expansion of the plant will enable the carrier to perform and provide 70% of periodic repairs on the 5th maintenance level, 100% of the total number of repairs on the 4th maintenance level and 64% repairs on the 3rd maintenance level of all types of wagons, 100% repairs of wheelsets and 60% repairs on the 4th maintenance level of electric locomotives.
“The development of Remtrak is a good example of how state-owned companies should operate. PKP Intercity is constantly modernising and expanding its fleet and by investing in the plant expansion ensuring fast, efficient and cost-effective service of rolling stock,” the Deputy Minister of State Assets Maciej Małecki said.
The expansion of PKP Intercity Remtrak facility creates up to 400 jobs and it is expected that in a second stage, the plant will provide 800 jobs. In addition, the plant is cooperating with local educational institutions on didactic and financial activities for over half a year.Thanks to this move, the students gained the opportunity to undergo apprenticeships, internships and practical classes.