ALSTOM is set to supply up to 130 electric locomotives to Ukrainian Railways (UZ) under a €900m contract, one of four framework agreements worth more than €1.3bn signed by Ukraine and France.

Alstom is expected to provide its Prima T8 locomotives, which have a maximum speed of 120km/h and can haul up to 9000 tonnes.

UZ plans to purchase at least 50 locomotives by 2025 as part of its freight fleet renewal programme, with another 265 locomotives required by 2033.

“Support of the UZ electric locomotive fleet modernisation project at the governmental level is a clear signal to our company that the shareholder, represented by the cabinet of ministers of Ukraine, is taking decisive steps to support the urgent needs of the railway industry,” says UZ acting chairman of the board, Mr Ivan Yuryk. “It is also a signal for the national economy that the work of the government is aimed at developing the economic potential of Ukraine, strengthening the transit position of the state.”

The three other framework agreements cover the supply of 370 machines for working on high-rise buildings; improvement of the water supply in the Luhansk region; and improvement of drinking water in Kyiv. All projects will include at least 30% localisation to support job growth.

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