Alstom Prima T8 AZ8A freight locomotives have started tests to be used on their main line. The power lines used in the test are the lines converted from 3kV DC to 25kV AC from the old Russian system and operated by the Azerbaijan Railway AZD.
The statement of Alstom Asia Manager Guillaume Tritter on the subject is as follows: “This is an important milestone in the project we developed together with Azerbaijan Railways (name). We are enthusiastic about the initiation of verification that will eventually allow our locomotives to enter commercial service in the country. Alstom is proud of its strategic partnership with LADY, which aims to contribute to the development of railway infrastructure and increase of freight capacity in Azerbaijan.
In 2014, ADY bought 50 electric locomotives. Among the locomotives provided by the consortium, including Alstom, there were 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy-load locomotives and 10 Prima M4 AZ4A passenger transport locomotives. Prima T8 AZ8A locomotives are also used in Kazakhstan.
Alstom Prima T8 is one of the most powerful electric locomotives in the world. This model is a 9.000 tons per axle Two-Section freight locomotive that can tow up to 8.8 tons and can operate at a speed of 120 km / h with a continuous power of 25 Megawatts. The AZ8A is designed to operate in temperatures from -25 ° C to 50 ° C. It requires minimal maintenance and its modular design ensures high levels of reliability and low life cycle costs.
Alstom's Prima range covers all market segments of locomotives from heavy cargo, cargo and passenger operations and shunt or parts operations. Over the last 20 years, more than 3.200 Prima locomotives (more than 4.600 episodes) have been sold worldwide.
Alstom has more than 850 people, three country offices, four warehouses, repair center and two factories in west and Central Asia, at nur-Sultan for the production, maintenance of electric locomotives and the production of built-in transformers, and ALMATI to produce EKZ and point machines DA operates with KEP. Alstom makes a significant contribution to the revitalization of the country's mobility industry and the development of its economy.
EKZ, a joint venture between Alstom and TMH (2), employs 700 people and works on the supply and maintenance of Prima electric locomotives ordered by export markets such as the Kazakhstan National Railway company KTZ and Azerbaijan.