Ukraine Minister of Infrastructure announced that under the second stage of the contract with General Electric, Ukrzaliznytsia will order 40 additional locomotives. The locomotive procurement is part of the USD 1 billion agreement signed in 2018 for the supply of 30 locomotives, additional locomotive kits over 10 years and the rehabilitation of locomotives in the railway’s legacy fleet, and long-term maintenance services.
Ukrzaliznytsia has received all the 30 Evolution Series locomotives which operate on country’s railway network.
“The contract with General Electric is probably the most significant agreement that Ukraine has entered into over the past few years with a leading global company. The first stage of the Agreement was successfully completed, as Ukrzaliznytsia received 30 locomotives that already operating. For the implementation of the second stage of the agreement for 40 new locomotives it is planned to attract long-term financing from international financial institutions in the amount of USD 150 million”, the Minister said.
The TE33A locomotives for Ukraine transport grain, ore, and metals products throughout the country’s industrial and agricultural areas, as well as to key ports along the Black Sea coast.
Most of production was being carried out at a GE Transportation facility in the United States, with final work localized at the Kryukov Railway Car Building Works in Kremenchuk.
GE Transportation aims to increase localization in the follow-on phases of the project, helping further bolster local job creation in the country.
Designed for the wider temperature and operating conditions of the 1520mm-gauge rail space, the TE33A locomotive features a 12-cylinder, 4,500-horsepower Evolution-series engine with EU3A emissions-level compliance, delivering high power output, enhanced productivity, greater flexibility, lower lifecycle costs, and improved reliability in heavy-haul operations. Compared to the legacy Ukrainian fleet, the TE33A can significantly reduce harmful emissions, economize on fuel and oil costs, and increase time between maintenance overhauls.