Chinese Locomotive Order for EMD
Representatives from the Ministry of Railways (MoR), Dalian Locomotive Works (DLoco) and Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) have signed an agreement for the supply of 300 locomotives. The locomotives will be powered by EMD's 16-cylinder 4474 kW diesel, will include the latest AC traction drive systems used on North America’s major Class I railways and will be capable of meeting U.S.A. EPA Tier 2 emissions regulations. They are being jointly designed and manufactured with DLoco under a technology license in Dalian, China.
Work has already started on the detailed design of the locomotives to make them applicable for use by the MoR. Teams are also developing the production plans for the portion of the locomotives that will be manufactured in China. These efforts will result in the first locomotives being available for testing in China in the latter half of 2007 with full production running over the following two years.
The MoR has embarked on an extensive program to upgrade the rail system throughout China. It is expected that the application of these locomotives for mainline operations will enable the MoR to significantly increase the speed and throughput of its railways.
"This is a very important business development for our company,” said John S. Hamilton, president and CEO of EMD. “We have worked for many years in developing the right combination of technology with the ability to localize manufacturing capability to meet the needs of our partners and customers. We are confident this is the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation among the MoR, DLoco and ourselves, and we will all benefit greatly from this contract."
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