UZ awarded GE a $US 1bn contract in February to build an initial batch of 30 complete TE33As, with 195 units supplied as kits for assembly in Ukraine. The 15-year deal also includes modernisation of 75 existing double-unit locomotives and the provision of fleet maintenance services.\r\n\r\nThe first train weighing 3824 tonnes left at 13.00 on December 12 and ran along the Melitopol - Volnovaha - Mariupol line, carrying iron ore concentrate. So far, 20 locomotives have been delivered to UZ, with the remaining 10 due to be delivered by the end of the year.\r\n\r\nUZ says the TE33A, which received certification to operate on the Ukrainian network on November 15 after the first unit was delivered in September, can operate three times longer than the older UZ units between maintenance.\r\n\r\nThe TE33As, which emit 40% less emissions than 2\u0422\u041510 and 2\u0422E116 type locomotives, are equipped with an asynchronous 12-cylinder Evolution Series engine with electronic fuel injection providing a maximum output of 3.36MW. The unit has a maximum speed of 120km\/h, with a 50% increase to the maximum trailing load.\r\n\r\nThe locomotives are equipped with modern safety and radio systems, automatic fire detection and fire extinguishing systems, as well as a built-in computerised microprocessor control system which monitors the status of the locomotive for predictive maintenance.\r\n\r\nThe TE33As will haul grain, ore, and metals products through the country\u2019s industrial and agricultural centre, as well as to key ports along the Black Sea. Most of the production is being carried out at a GE\u2019s facility in the United States, with final work at the Kryukov Railway Car Building Works in Kremenchuk, Ukraine.\r\n\r\n\u201cToday\u2019s launch of GE locomotives onto the UZ network is a great demonstration of the successful start of our long-term cooperation with our American partners,\u201d says acting UZ CEO Mr Yevgen Kravtsov. \u201cThe delivery timeline remains on-schedule, and on our side we are fully prepared to operate and maintain the locomotives. We are planning to continue our cooperation programme with GE in 2019.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor detailed information on locomotive orders from around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro.