The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) plans to take delivery of 10,000 freight wagons built at its own facilities and purchased from third-party suppliers between 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Ukrzaliznytsia’s acting Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov announced this at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
According to Kravtsov, Ukrzaliznytsia’s plants will produce 2,500 freight wagons in 2017 and about 3,000 the following year.
"Unfortunately, we were able to build new wagons only at our facilities this year. We will build more than 2,500 wagons by the end of this year. For Ukrzaliznytsia, this figure is the largest in the past five years, but we originally planned to build 9,500 wagons. We plan to perform this process together with the EBRD in 2018. It will support and guarantee tender procedures," said Kravtsov.
As reported, Oleksandr Malakhov, the deputy director of Ukrzaliznytsia’s department of strategic management and development, said in late November that Ukrzaliznytsia planned to take delivery of only 8,900 freight wagons in 2018, including 5,180 gondola cars from third-party manufacturers (including 3,400 to be bought with a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
In a presentation at Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian’s end-of-year press conference on December 15, Ukrzaliznytsia said that it would buy 2,475 gondola cars with its own funds and about 3,000 with a credit from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2018.