The deal concerns 50 2ES10 twin-unit 3kV dc locomotives from Ural Locomotives, the Russian joint venture of Siemens and Sinara; 230 3kV dc 2ES4ks from Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant (NVEZ), Russia; and 70 25kV ac 2EL5 locomotives from Luganskteplovoz, the Ukrainian subsidiary of Transmashholding.

According to UZ, Premier Leasing made the best offer with a lease rate of 9.5% per year. The other bidders were OTP Leasing and Allianz Leasing.

The delivery of the new locomotives will allow UZ to withdraw its fleet of VL8 and VL8M units, which were built between 1955 and 1968.