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  • The co-operation agreement was signed in Astara by Hytera Kazakhstan Country Manager Ivan Wang, KTZ Chief Engineer Batyr Kotyrev, and BT Signal Director B M Bayzakov.

    Communications joint venture formed


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has signed an agreement with Hytera Communications and BT Signal to develop a centre of competence for broadband railway communications systems. This is intended to help accelerate the introduction of future-proof communication systems to the Kazakh rail network. It will provide a ...

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    Stadler signs Kazakh rolling stock contracts


    KAZAKHSTAN: Stadler has signed three contracts totalling €2·3bn to supply national railway KTZ with 537 coaches in 2023-30, provide full-service maintenance for 20 years and acquire a local production facility. The order includes 234 sleeping cars with 40 berths, 233 couchette cars with 58 seats, 35 ...


    Kazakh railway signs battery and LNG loco MoU


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a memorandum of understanding for the production of 150 FLXdrive battery-electric shunting locomotives and the conversion of main line diesel locos to NextFuel liquid natural gas-power. Wabtec is to undertake the work at the LKZ facility in Nur ...

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    Chevron considers exporting Kazakh oil by rail


    KAZAKHSTAN: US oil giant Chevron is considering restarting rail export of crude from its Tengiz oil field. Speaking at the Barclays CEO-Energy Power Conference on September 7, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth said continuing problems with exports via the CPC pipeline through Russia to the Black Sea ...

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    Six policy reforms to strengthen railways in Central Asia


    ASIA: An Asian Development Bank assessment of the state of railways in the 11 countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Programme has set out six reforms that ADB believes are needed to make rail more efficient and financially sustainable. The CAREC area covers Afghanistan, ...

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    Öskemen orders Belarusian trams


    KAZAKHSTAN: Sole bidder BKM Holding of Belarus has been awarded a contract to supply trams to Öskemen. The order covers four partly low-floor AKSM-62103 four-axle vehicles costing 182·5m tenge each, with delivery scheduled by December 6. The manufacturer said the vehicles would be built to a ...

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    EBRD invests in Middle Corridor transit freight route


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is investing up to 50bn tenge to support national railway KTZ in the implementation of crisis response measures to cope with the after-effects of the pandemic and ‘ongoing geopolitical turmoil’. Measures include the reorganisation of transit freight operations ...

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    LTG Cargo signs Kazakh co-operation agreements


    INTERNATIONAL: The Lithuanian national railway’s freight business LTG Cargo has signed its first co-operation agreements in Kazakhstan, as part of its strategy of expanding, diversifying and developing routes between Asia and Europe which avoid Russia. A co-operation agreement with the KTZ Express intermodal subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s ...

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    Freight shippers call for rail reforms to encourage containerisation in Kazakhstan


    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight forwarders, operators and wagon owners have called for reforms to facilitate the increased use of containers for domestic and international rail freight traffic. Following a recent rail industry meeting held in Almaty, logistics group PTC Holding said containerisation is a global trend, but is ...

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    Almaty metro extension opens


    KAZAKHSTAN: A 3·1 km southwestern extension of the Almaty metro from Moskva to Bauyrzhan Momyshuly opened May 30, adding two stations and taking the line to 13·4 km. The extension is expected to increase ridership on the city’s single metro line from 45 000 to 85 ...

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    Transhipment capacity doubles at Kazakh border rail terminal


    KAZAKHSTAN: The second stage of the Dostyk TransTerminal container terminal at the break-of-gauge on Kazakhstan’s border with China has opened, doubling capacity.

  • Nurminen Logistics' first full-length container service from China to central Europe via southern Trans-Caspian route

    Trans-Caspian rail and sea freight route to Europe launched


    INTERNATIONAL: Nurminen Logistics’ first full-length container service from China to central Europe via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route left Chongqing on May 10. The containers will travel by rail through Kazakhstan to the port of Aktau, across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and then by rail ...

  • Nurminen signed an agreement with KTZ Express on March 16

    Nurminen Logistics plans Trans-Caspian route as Russia office closes


    INTERNATIONAL: Finnish company Nurminen Logistics has closed its Russian office ‘for the time being’ and is developing a Trans-Caspian route from Asia to Europe as a result of ‘extensive changes in the operating environment’ since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Nurminen’s import and export operations in Russia ...

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    Smart maintenance: Locomotives find a new lease of life


    The delicate economics of rail freight and rapidly changing regulatory conditions have seen the emergence of a healthy market across a swathe of eastern Europe focused on the overhaul, modernisation and life-extension of Soviet-era locomotives. Vladimir Waldin provides an overview.

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    SilkWay Transit orders Black Granite locomotives


    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight operator SilkWay Transit has ordered 22 twin-section 2ES7 Black Granite electric locomotives from Sinara Transport Machines’ Ural Locomotives plant. The 8·8 MW locomotives with asynchronous traction motors are designed to haul heavy freight trains of up to 9 000 tonnes on AC electrified lines ...

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    Alstom aims to increase local content in Kazakhstan


    KAZAKHSTAN: Alstom and the Ministry of Trade & Integration have signed a MoU to increase local capabilities for the manufacturing of high-tech components, the transition to a low-carbon economy and the creation of sustainable transport infrastructure. Alstom employs more than 950 people in Kazakhstan, at the ...

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    KTZ Tetra trial


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ is testing a Tetra radio based train control system which has been installed on 12 locomotives based at Almaty for trials. The system is designed to ensure safe and on-time running on heavily used routes, providing the driver with information on signals, ...

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    Kazakh-built passenger locomotive commissioned


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has commissioned the first Alstom Prima M4 KZ4AT electric passenger locomotive to be assembled locally rather than imported from France. KTZ has ordered a total of 302 Prima T8 KZ8A freight locomotives and 119 Prima M4 KZ4AT passenger locomotives since 2010. The ...

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    Transhipment terminal increases capacity at Kazakhstan-China break of gauge


    KAZAKHSTAN: Up to six China – Europe container trains a day are using a new transhipment terminal which has been opened 6 km west of Dostyk on the border between Kazakhstan and China. The 150 ha terminal which opened in early June ...

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    Interlocking lab opens


    RUSSIA: Transmashholding company LocoTech-Signal has opened a research laboratory in Moscow where it will test the HMR9 computer based interlocking developed by Progress Rail’s Italian subsidiary ECM and adapt it to suit conditions in the 1 520 mm gauge region. LocoTech-Signal is developing its Ctrl@Lock400 platform ...