10 Jan 2023 09:49

Turkmenistan to buy $30 mln of locomotive parts from China's CCR Ziyang

ASHGABAT. Jan 10 (Interfax) - Turkmenistan has signed a contract with China's CRRC Ziyang for locomotive spare parts worth more than $30 million.

"As the country's diesel locomotive export leader, CRRC Ziyang becomes the largest supplier of rail transit equipment in Turkmenistan," the Chinese company said on Twitter.

"This is the largest locomotive spare parts contract signed between China and Turkey since the 31st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties," the company said.

It was reported earlier that Turkmen railway operator Demiryollary purchased 15 new diesel freight locomotives manufactured by CRRC Ziyang. The first two locomotives arrived in Ashgabat in September 2022 and the rest are supposed to arrive in small batches by the end of January 2023.

The new locomotives will make it possible to increase shipments of domestic and transit freight in Turkmenistan, as well as accelerate deliveries. They will travel up to 100 km per hour and haul more freight, as they have 1600 kW more power than locomotives currently used in Turkmenistan.

CRRC Ziyang is part of CRRC Corporation, one of the largest train manufacturers in the world.