Argentina’s Minister of Transport Alexis Guerrera has announced that TMH has won a USD 684 million contract to supply a fleet of 70 wide-gauge EMUs and the related maintenance activities. The decision was published in the official bulletin of the Government on 31 December 2021 and it is planned that the project will be financed by Russia.
The new trains will be delivered over a four-year period starting 27 months after contract entry into force.
The new 8-car electric multiple units, totalling 560 cars, will be operated on the 25 kV Buenos Aires suburban rail network. It is expected that the new electric trains will run on Roca, Sarmiento and San Martin lines, one of the busiest rail routes in the country.
The wide-gauge EMUs will be based on the Ivolga EMU platform developed and manufactured by TMH in Tver (Russia) which are operating the Moscow Central Diameters since November 2019.
The EMU for Argentina is a 25kV stainless steel train with maximum speed of 120 km/h and has a capacity of up to 2,000 passengers in its 8-car configuration.
TMH plans to localise 25% of the project, including the production of components, final assembly works, testing and commissioning of the trains in Argentina. For this purpose, the company will invest into an industrial facility and create up to 1,500 new direct and indirect locally jobs across the full value chain.
“With this EMU project, we’ll reinforce our local footprint, continue to transfer knowledge and technology, and further involve the Argentinean rail supply chain through strong alliances with local actors,” Hans Schabert, the President of TMH International said.
TMH currently employs 250 people across the country involved in maintenance, repair and modernisation of rolling stock as well as in the delivery of spare parts and supply chain management services to customers.