Alstom, a French manufacturer of railway equipment, will submit its own proposal on upgrade of the locomotive fleet of the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), which will include freight and passenger electric locomotives, in the coming weeks. This was announced by Alstom’s senior vice president for Europe Gian-Luca Erbacci, the CFTS portal reports, citing Ukrzaliznytsia.

The company will offer Prima T8 freight locomotives and Prima M4 BoBo passenger locomotives to Ukrzaliznytsia.

In addition, Alstom will cooperate with Ukrzaliznytsia on localization of production in Ukraine, which will be increased gradually.

According to Erbacci, Alstom’s financial division is currently working with the French Ministry of Finance and credit organizations.

Erbacci emphasized that the Prima T8 eight-axle heavy freight locomotives developed by Alstom have a low aggressive impact on infrastructure and offer high tractive power in electrified networks, an adequate level of comfort, and maximum safety when traveling long distances. These electric locomotives are capable of hauling up to 9,000 tons of cargo and traveling at speeds of up to 120 km/h. In addition, this model is adapted to operate at extremely low temperatures.

As reported earlier, CRRC and Alstom will bid for the right to supply electric locomotives to Ukrzaliznytsia before the end of 2018. Ukrzaliznytsia signed memorandums of cooperation with representatives of both companies in September.