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  • KZ4AT locomotive in Kazakhstan (Photo: Alstom Transport/Arnaud Février).

    Alstom/TMH electric locomotive enters service


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first of 95 Type KZ4AT electric passenger locomotives has entered revenue service on the Astana – Kokshetau route, Alstom announced on April 2. Two more are now on test and are expected to be handed over this year. The KZ4AT was developed by Alstom and Transmashholding and is ...

  • The new lines are expected to reduce transit times between Asia and Europe.

    Trans-Kazakhstan railway opens


    KAZAKHSTAN: President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave the signal to launch operations on east-west and north-south lines totalling 1 200 km on August 22. Speaking to staff at stations along the routes from a teleconference in Zhezkazgan, Nazarbayev said the opening of two routes on the same day was a first ...

  • A ceremony at Tassay marked the meeting of tracks on the 493 km Shalkar - Beyneu western section of the 988 km trans-Kazakhstan route.

    Tracklaying completed on trans-Kazakhstan rail link


    KAZAKHSTAN: Two new lines are on course to open later this year, after ceremonies in December marked the joining of the tracks being laid from each end of the routes. According to national railway KTZ the lines are of an economic and social importance with it would be 'difficult ...

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    Feasibility study to assess Pavlodar tramway upgrade


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has invited expressions of interest in a contract to undertake feasibility studies for a planned modernisation of the 86 km tram network in Pavlodar. The city's plans include infrastructure modernisation on the 1 524 mm gauge network, procurement of up to 20 ...

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    KTZ staff visit Sweden


    KAZAKHSTAN: Assisted by local partner Grontmij, 20 staff from Kazakh national railway KTZ have completed a placement in Sweden to learn about the country's experience of market reform, and the wider European railway reform process. The sessions also covered the operation and development of inter-city and high speed passenger ...

  • Olzha has a fleet of around 1 400 wagons, mostly liquefied petroleum gas and oil tanks.

    EBRD backs expansion of Kazakh wagon leasing company


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development announced a US$24·8m senior secured loan to support the growth of privately-owned freight forwarding and wagon leasing company JSC Olzha on July 30. Olzha intends to use the proceeds to support a US$32·8m programme to expand its wagon fleet and align ...

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    Construction of Astana engine factory begins


    KAZAKHSTAN: Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov formally launched construction of a diesel engine factory in Astana on July 4. The plant is being developed by a joint venture of national railway KTZ, GE Transportation and TransmashDiesel. The plant will assemble 300 GE Transportation GEVO engines a year, in eight, 12 and ...

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    Talgo signs 603-car Kazakh contract


    KAZAKHSTAN: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Patentes Talgo and its local joint venture Tulpar-Talgo have been awarded a contract worth €482m to supply 603 long-distance coaches to the passenger business of national operator KTZ. The contract was signed on June 26 during a visit to Kazakstan by Spanish Development Minister Ana ...

  • Kazakh container train.

    Joint Eurasian freight operator agreed


    INTERNATIONAL: The national railways of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have signed an agreement to establish United Transport & Logistics Co, a jointly-owned company which would provide intermodal services within the three countries’ Common Economic Space, including transit routes between Europe and Asia. Once government approval is obtained for the plan, ...

  • Presidents Berdimuhamedov and Nazarbayev tightened the final bolts to complete the Turkmenistan - Kazakhstan rail link.

    Presidents open Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan rail link


    ASIA: President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev wielded a pair of golden spanners to ceremonially tighten the final bolts to complete a rail link across the border between their countries on May 11. Built by Kazakh national railway KTZ and local contractors at a cost ...

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    KTZ places electric multiple-unit order


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has ordered a 10-car Type ED9E electric multiple-unit from Transmashholding's Demikhovsky Engineering Plant subsidiary. Delivery is planned for July. Announcing the order on April 10, Transmashholding, said the ED9E offers lower power consumption than previous generations of AC unit. The new EMU will provide three classes ...

  • Idrha+ rail hardening technology.

    Siemens to supply Kazakh rail mill


    KAZAKHSTAN: Siemens Metals Technologies has been awarded an 'upper double-digit million euro' contract to supply Aktobe Rail & Section Works with a rail and section rolling mill. The mill is being constructed under the auspices of national railway KTZ and will supply rail for domestic use as well as export ...

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    KTZ provides training grants


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has provided an educational grant to support the training of 400 students from a number of technical colleges in rail-specific technology. Intended to give the students 'the symbiosis of theory and practice', KTZ expects the secondment in Astana to provide a practical basis to the students' ...

  • A 1011 km high speed railway would link Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan.

    Kazakhstan plans 1 000 km high speed line


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has awarded Systra a contract to oversee the design and construction of a 1 011 km high speed railway between Almaty and Astana. The proposed 1 520 mm gauge single-track line would be suitable for 250 km/h running. A 10 km bridge across Lake Balkhash ...

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    Alstom/Kamkor joint venture to produce 10 000 point machines


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has awarded the KazElectroPrivod joint venture of Alstom and local partner Kamkor a €90m contract to supply 10 000 point machines over the next 10 years. Alstom's share of the contract is worth €65m. The equally-owned point machine production joint venture was formed in January by ...

  • TEM-KZ diesel shunting locomotive for Kazakhstan.

    Chinese shunting locomotive assembled in Kazakhstan


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first TEM-KZ shunting locomotive assembled by Kamkor Locomotive's Shu repair plant using components supplied by CSR Ziyang was unveiled last month. National railway KTZ and CSR signed a strategic partnership agreement in May 2012, and 14 Kamkor staff travelled to China for training. A locomotive production joint ...

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    Second China - Kazakhstan rail link inaugurated


    ASIA: A second international rail connection between China and Kazakhstan was officially inaugurated on December 22, when two special trains were operated to the border crossing at Korgas in Xinjiang province. The break-of-gauge transfer facility forms part of a free trade zone at Korgas, known as the International Centre for ...

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    EKZ inaugurates Astana locomotive plant


    KAZAKHSTAN: The EKZ joint venture of national railway KTZ, Alstom Transport and Transmashholding held an inauguration ceremony for its locomotive production plant in Astana attended by the country’s President Nursultan Nazarbaev on December 4. As part of a technology transfer agreement with the French supplier, EKZ will manufacture 285 electric ...

  • Tram depot in Almaty.

    EBRD backs Almaty light rail PPP


    KAZAKHSTAN: A memorandum of understanding for the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development to assist the city of Almaty in awarding a PPP contract for the development of a 'fast tram' line was signed on November 7. The planned 14 km light rail line to replace the existing tram route ...

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    KTZ staff train in California


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first class of KTZ staff to receive bespoke training from academics at the University of California Berkeley received their certificates on September 10. A team of academics from the Haas Business School is providing multi-disciplinary classes to 143 members from KTZ's headquarters and regional offices. The first ...