United Wagon Company to supply 2,000 new generation hopper cars to EuroChem
Global Railway Review
EuroChem and the United Wagon Company (UWC) – Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars – have announced that they have signed a contract for the supply of 2,000 new generation hopper cars for mineral fertilisers. The document was signed by Vladimir Rashevsky, Senior Executive Director, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of EuroChem MCC, and Timofey Khryapov, CEO of UWC.
The contract reaffirms and strengthens the long-standing partnership between the two companies. All agreements thereunder are set to be fully implemented by June 2022, with the complete batch of railcars to be dispatched to the customer by that time.
The hopper cars for mineral fertilisers will be operated within the fleet of National Transportation Company (NTC), a provider of transport and logistics services to EuroChem MCC.
The 19-9835-01 hopper car features advanced technical and economic performance. It can carry a wide range of mineral fertilisers, owing to its increased load capacity of 76.7 tonnes and a body volume of 101m3. The railcar design provides for lower impact on the rail track and meets high environmental standards.
As a result of using new generation railcars and the increased weight of the trains, the annual reduction in electricity consumption in the traction power supply system on the Ural-North-West ports line will exceed 1.5 MWh, and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by almost 800 tonnes of CO2 compared to 2019-2020. The use of railcars with increased load capacity will reduce the energy intensity of rail transport on such routes by at least five per cent.
It should be noted that EuroChem MCC makes systematic effort to reduce its impact on the environment and increase energy efficiency, based on the principles of rational use of resources, compliance with Russian environmental laws and the company’s voluntary commitments. Introducing innovative technologies is one of the measures to achieve these goals. The core objectives include reducing the number of repairs, while improving their quality, applying the best available technologies and reducing electricity consumption.
The United Wagon Company has established an extensive service network responsible for warranty and post-warranty maintenance of railcars to minimise downtime for repairs, monitor their technical condition and ensure that only original components are used. The parties agreed on the terms of maintenance service for the purchased railcars as part of the signed contract.