Alstom and Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) have expanded their existing partnership with an agreement to supply 160 KZ8A electric locomotives. For KTZ, this agreement is of key importance, as it can “solve the problem of the existing shortage of electric locomotives and create opportunities to provide quality services to Kazakhstani shippers.” It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailFreight.


The agreement will be valid from 2023 to 2029. Alstom is expected to deliver 245 electric locomotives to KTZ during this period, some of which will also be intended for passenger traffic. Of the 245 locomotives, 160 new generation KZ8A models will be used for freight traffic. Most importantly, they will be produced at Alstom’s factories in Kazakhstan, which also contributes to what the French company calls “localization” of locomotive production.

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The French locomotive manufacturing company has been active in the Kazakh market for twelve years. KTZ’s first order for Alstom locomotives was placed back in 2010. To date, the Kazakh state railway company operates 90 freight and 39 passenger locomotives supplied by Alstom. In addition, the French company has developed a freight electric locomotive KZ8A specifically for the needs of the Kazakh railway freight industry, operating on a wide gauge (1520 mm).

In addition, Alstom opened factories for the production of locomotives in Kazakhstan. Two production sites are EKZ in Astana for the production of freight and passenger electric locomotives, as well as for the production of on-board transformers and bogies. The second is KEP in Almaty to produce point machines to serve the rail network in the country,” the company explained.

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