Gazprom and Sinara-Transport Machines (STM) have entered into a contract whereby Gazpromtrans (a subsidiary of PJSC Gazprom) will acquire 24 shunting locomotives powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The contract was signed by Vyacheslav Tyurin, Director General of Gazpromtrans, and Viktor Lesh, Director General of Sinara-Transport Machines and STM Trading House, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018.
The Agreement provides for batch production, supply and maintenance. From 2019 to 2024, STM Trading House will supply Gazpromtrans with 10 shunting locomotives with a capacity of up to 1,200 horsepower and 14 shunting locomotives with a capacity of up to 2,000 horsepower. The machinery will be used at the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad.
In accordance with the Agreement, the Sinara Group will design, certify and launch batch production of these shunting locomotives in line with Gazprom’s requirements. Creation and design of the LNG-powered locomotives was carried out at the STM Innovation Development Center. Production will be organized at the Lyudinovsk Diesel Locomotive Plant (LTZ, part of the STM).
The advantages of these locomotives are a 30-40% reduction in fuel costs, reduced emissions of harmful substances, prolongation of the life of the power plant, and an increase in the service life of the oil. In addition, the new locomotives are capable of transporting goods with a maximum mass of up to 8.2 thousand tons.
Gazpromtrans provides freight forwarding services to Gazprom’s enterprises. It serves as the operator of the company-owned Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad which is vital to the implementation of Gazprom’s Yamal megaproject. The railroad ensures year-round, fast, cost-effective and all-weather delivery of machinery, construction materials and personnel to Yamal fields in the harsh Arctic climate. The railroad stretches for 572 kilometers from the Obskaya station to the Karskaya station (525 kilometers to the Bovanenkovo station).
In October 2017, Gazpromtrans and Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo signed the Agreement of Cooperation aimed at promoting the use of LNG as a fuel for the rolling stock at the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad.
Sinara-Transport Machines is a machine building holding company of the Sinara Group. It specializes in engineering, manufacturing and maintenance of railroad machinery and diesel-driven industrial plants.
Sources: Gazprom and Sinara Transport Machinery
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