Stadler and Portren signed a contract for the supply of seven EURO4001 diesel-electric locomotives for freight rail transport that will operate for the Finnish bio-tech business, UPM, at their new factory. Portren is a company owned by the Uruguayan logistics group Christophersen and the Spanish company, Cointer Concesiones.
This is Stadler’s first contract in Uruguay under which the Swiss manufacturer will start the deliveries by the end of 2022.
The locomotives will be designed and manufactured at its plant in Valencia, Spain.
This contract signing follows the announcement in mid-October that UPM had selected the consortium comprising Cointer Concesiones, a subsidiary of local logistics group, AZVI, and Christophersen, along with Deutsche Bahn International Operations, to operate and maintain freight trains between the new pulp mill at Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo.
The new locomotives will run from the new factory to the port, a route comprising 273 km of track, known as Ferrocarril Central. Each convoy, which will be about 475 metres long, will be made up of one locomotive and 26 wagons carrying wood pulp. On the way back, vehicles will transport the chemicals and fuel required to produce cellulose.
“We are convinced that our vehicles will contribute to promoting rail transport in Uruguay, as we are already seeing in other South American countries,” Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia, said.
The EURO4001 diesel-electric locomotives are specially adapted for freight transport services. The locomotives provide high levels of performance and reliability. The Co’Co’ locomotives are state-of-the-art and enable goods to be transport efficiently and sustainably.
Fitted with a powerful 2800 kW and low emissions diesel engines, they meet EU emissions standard, EC 26/2004 Stage V. The latest bogie technology and efficient asynchronous traction motors help reduce wear and tear on the infrastructure, as well as cut noise pollution. To enhance driver comfort, they feature two acoustic and heat-insulated driver’s cabs, which have been designed in accordance with the latest ergonomic and safety standards.