The engines will be used to power locomotives, ships, and stationary installations and will be exported to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region.

The new joint venture will build a 9000m2 factory in Astana at an estimated cost of $US 90m with the capacity to build up to 400 engines a year. The factory is expected to become operational by the end of 2014. KTZ's subsidiary JSC Lokomotiv Kurastyru Zauyty already has a locomotive assembly plant in Astana which can produce up to 100 Evolution series locomotives a year.