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These locomotives will run on a new railway line, with a length of 550 km, in Tanzania, Africa. Credit: ŠKODA TRANSPORT as

Rail transport company Škoda Transportation Group has been awarded a contract worth more than $ 26.48 million (CZK 580 million) from Hyundai Rotem for the supply of 17 sets of complete electrical equipment for the new locomotives of passengers.

These locomotives will run on a new 550 km railway line in Tanzania, Africa.

This line connects the coastal port of Dar es Sallam and the town of Makutupora and is operated by the local rail operator TRC.

The locomotives will be developed to cope with large differences in altitude as well as difficult climatic conditions.

Bedřich Koukal, CEO of Škoda Electric, said: “With this current contract, we build on the previous successful projects that we have already implemented with the Hyundai Rotem Group. In recent years, for example, there has been a major delivery of several dozen locomotives to Turkey.

According to the company, this Tanzania-based project is “technically very interesting”.

Karel Majer, Sales Director of Škoda Electric, said: “We will supply complete sets of electrical equipment including main and auxiliary drives, battery chargers, traction motors, gearboxes and axles.

“The locomotives will run at speeds of up to 160 km / h on the route, which under local conditions represents a significant increase in speed over the usual standard.

The locomotives will eventually be assembled at Hyundai Rotem’s production facility in Changwon, South Korea.

Deliveries from Škoda to Pilsen will also be handled here.

Škoda and Hyundai Rotem have collaborated on several joint projects involving the production of locomotives.

As part of one such cooperation, the Pilsen-based company produced complete equipment packages for 80 locomotives for Škoda.

This equipment was produced for the Turkish client TCDD.

The Pilsen-based company also participated in the delivery of LRV “unmanned light rail” vehicles for the South Korean company Incheon.

Last month, Škoda Transportation was awarded a contract to provide periodic refurbishment services for the electrical units of Czech railways.

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