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April 13, 2010

JV to build shunters in Kazakhstan

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GE TRANSPORTATION says it will sign a memorandum of understanding with Kazakhstan's Joint Stock Company Locomotiv and Joint Stock Company Kurastyru Zauty (JSC KZ) for the supply of 150 diesel shunting locomotives.
The joint venture plans to market the 1520mm-gauge ac-traction locomotives in Kazakhstan and across the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The first five locomotives will be built at GE's Erie site in the United States, and after these prototypes have been successfully tested, assembly will shift to the JSC KZ plant in Astana, Kazakhstan, using kits supplied by GE Transportation. Deliveries will be completed in 2012.

Last year GE opened an assembly plant in Astana, which is supplying a fleet of 300 Evolution locomotives to Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ).

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