Yevgen Kravtso, the Chairman of the Board of Ukrzaliznytsya, announced that under the locomotive acquisition project, one of the main conditions involves an up to 50% production localization. Ukraine Railways is preparing for its rolling stock renewal 10-year project that requires the acquisition of 480 new electric locomotives and the selection of the partner company will be held in 2019.
For this year, the rolling stock modernisation project also includes the acquisition of 46 new passenger cars and 3 new suburban trains and the modernisation of 64 cars and 24 passenger trains.
Ukrzaliznytsia is currently working on the tariff policy, in particular, the introduction of a mechanism of automatic indexation of tariffs for freight transport, the convergence of tariff classes and the unification of tariff for empty runs. “This will allow to increase the volume of transported products by 5 million tonnes, the amount of repaired rolling stock and infrastructure, and fulfill the capital investment plan in the amount of UAH 24.5 billion [EUR 798 million],” Kravtso said.
Company’s 2019 investment programme also envisages the electrification of two railway lines. The Dolynska-Mykolaiv-Kolosivka project includes electrification works, the construction of the second-track, the development of tracks layout within stations, along with the modernization of interlocking, signalling and telecommunication system in stations and on open lines. In December, the EBRD launched the invitation for Expression of Interest for project’s construction supervision and management services, valuated at EUR 6 million. The total cost of the project is EUR 367.9 million, and for this project, Ukrzaliznytsia is using EIB and EBRD loans with a value of EUR 150 million each. This line is situated in Southern Ukraine, towards the Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea, over a total length of 253 km. The works, will be performed within two phases: the first one will engage works on Dolynska – Mykolaiv section (148 km) and the second one, on Mykolaiv – Kolosivka section (105 km). The project is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Another electrification project involves the railway section between Kovel and Izov at the state border with Poland, which has a length of 94 km. The project, estimated at EUR 53 million, should be completed in 2020.
This year, Ukrzaliznytsia’s plan to expand transport connection with the EU envisages the introduction of passenger services on Kviv-Berlin and Mukachevo-Kosice routes.
In September the Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelyan, announced that Ukraine is working on two rail projects which envisage the restoration of the railway connection on Przemysl-Malchovice-Nizhankovichi route and the establishment of regular passenger rail connection between Lviv and Lublin. “Among the key things we are striving for is to unite efforts and work out the decision at the level of the Government and Parliament to ensure guaranteed financing from the state budget of Ukraine for the key projects of Ukrzaliznytsia. We have to concentrate our efforts on the connection of Ukraine with the EU by the high-speed rail. Our vision is that it should be Lviv – Kyiv – Odessa. This is from what the high-speed passenger and container traffic will start, and what will gave for business and ordinary clients of Ukrzaliznytsya to enjoy the advantage of modern transport,” the minister Volodymyr Omelyan said at the end of January, while presented the 2019 transport projects.