UKRAINE: National railway UZ is to publish a five-year fleet modernisation strategy by the end of October, which it plans to implement following consultation with domestic and international suppliers.
The strategy is expected to include a proposal to call tenders for the delivery of between 30 and 50 modern diesel locomotives each year. UZ’s current fleet is life-expired, with it having acquired just four main line diesel locomotives and four shunting locomotives during the past 25 years.
Initial memoranda of co-operation for fleet modernisation have been signed with companies including Bombardier, GE, Newag, Pesa and Siemens.
- UZ’s Odesa division is currently undertaking four months of testing with GE Transportation ES44ACI Evolution locomotive TE33A 9999, which arrived in the county in August and was inspected by Minister of Infrastructure Volodymy Omelian and GE Transportation President & CEO Jamie Miller in Kyiv on September 28. This locomotive was tested on the LHS broad gauge line in Poland during 2015.