Shchekinoazot, a chemical company, awarded TikhvinChemMash, part of UWC, a contract for the supply of 100 specialised methanol tank which will be delivered by the end of July this year. “Our enterprise is looking to build its fleet of high-quality rolling stock that meets regulations and standards applicable to the transportation of hazardous goods. UWC tank cars are very reliable in terms of operation, and have reinforcements built into the design, which contributes to the safe transportation of methanol. Using TikhvinChemMash-produced tank cars for transporting methanol allows us to organise the most efficient possible transportation of the product,” Eugenia Khomyakova, General Director at SPA Azot (part of Shchekinoazot) said. The tank care has an increased payload capacity of 73 t with a volume of of 88 m3. The car has 25 t axle load bogie an tank’s increased useable volume provides for up to 2 tonnes of additional load per car compared to standard commonly used models. The overhaul mileage for the 15-6880 car model is 1 million km, several times above that of railcars built to an axle load of 23.5 t. As a result, maintenance costs over the UWC car’s entire life cycle are significantly lower. To meet environmental protection standards and ensure that humans are not exposed to any of its harmful effects, the tank cars are equipped with state-of-the-art safety valves with a foil-clad rupture disc, preventing exposure of the methanol and its vapours to the environment. Another key design feature of the railcar is its special loading and discharge valves, located in the upper part of the tank car. The entire valve fitting is closed with a sliding cap fitted with a locking device to provide additional protection against unauthorized access to the hazardous freight.