Tavan Tolgoi coal mine excavators

MONGOLIA: Financing company Bodi International has awarded Progress Rail a contract to supply 16 EMD SD70ACeLW locomotives for use on the future Tavan Tolgoi – Gashuun Sukhait railway.

The 1 520 mm gauge locomotives will be powered by 16-cylinder EMD 710 Series engines rated at 3 355 kW, which comply with EU Stage IIIA emissions standards.

‘These locomotives will undergo rugged service and must be able to withstand harsh conditions’, said President & CEO of Progress Rail Marty Haycraft when the order was announced on March 15.

The 250 km railway is being built to transport coal from the Tavan Tolgoi deposit in southern Mongolia for export to China. Completion is planned by 2022, after which the line will be operated by the state-owned Tavan Tolgoi Railway Co.

‘We are delighted to work with Progress Rail in the development efforts for this strategic rail line project for Mongolia’, said Amundra Amartuvshin, CEO of Bodi International.

‘This is a project that will vastly support and impact the further growth of the Mongolian economy. Bodi is confident Progress Rail locomotives will deliver the world-class performance on this rail line of national importance.’