LKZ has already suppled an initial batch of five of the 1520mm-gauge locomotives, which are due to be accepted by KTZ early next month. The first locomotives from the second batch are due to be delivered to Kyrgyzstan in October.

The ac traction TE33A was developed by GE Transportation from its ES44ACi for the North American market. The locomotives have been built in large numbers for Kazakhstan Railways at LKZ's plant in Astana, which opened in 2009 and has capacity to produce up to 100 units per year.

In additon to the units supplied to Kazakhstan Railways, LKZ has supplied TE33As to customers in Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Ukraine.

LKZ is a 50:50 joint venture between Kazakhstan Railways and Transmashholding, Russia.