The contract marks Stadler’s first order in Uruguay, and delivery is expected to start by the end of 2022.

The locomotives will be designed and manufactured at Stadler’s plant in Valencia, Spain. The Co-Co Euro4001 locomotives will be fitted with a 2.8MW, low emissions diesel engine, which meets EU Stage V emissions standards.

Portren is owned by Uruguayan logistics group Christophersen and Cointer Concesiones, Spain.

The order follows the announcement in mid-October that UPM has selected a consortium comprising Cointer Concesiones, a subsidiary of local logistics group AZVI, and Christophersen, along with German Rail (DB) International Operations, to operate and maintain freight services between a new pulp mill at Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo.

The 475m-long trains, which will comprise a locomotive and 26 wagons, will carry wood pulp along the 273km line from the new factory to the port, and will transport chemicals and fuel required to produce cellulose on the return journey.

“Thanks to this cutting-edge technology, locomotive rail operators will be able to secure sustainable and profitable rail freight services,” says Stadler Valencia CEO, Mr Iñigo Parra. “Drivers will enjoy a comfortable working environment and lineside neighbours will appreciate the reduced noise and emission levels. We are convinced that our locomotives will contribute to promoting rail transport in Uruguay, as we are already seeing in other South American countries.”

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