Alstom has appointed Irina Lukoshkova as General Director for the KazElectroPrivod joint-venture, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Irina was previously Head of Projects Department in Electric Locomotives Assembly Plant (EKZ), another Alstom JV in Kazakhstan.
Irina Lukoshkova has worked for Alstom since 2013 and has significantly contributed to the implementation of project management, sourcing, cost optimisation and localisation processes at EKZ. Irina has extensive experience in the railway industry both in international and in CIS regional business environments. Before moving to Kazakhstan, Irina was responsible for sourcing and procurement activities in tramways assembly plant based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
“I am very excited to be leading KEP, which has an ambition to become major excellence center for signaling in the region. It is an extremely good time to launch the growth of KEP activities and expand our presence and footprint in the region” said Irina Lukoshkova, General Director for KEP JV.
KEP was formed in 2013 and was awarded a €90 million contract for the supply of 10,000 point machines to KTZ. Today KEP is owned 50/50 by Alstom and Special Oil Projects. With a total surface of 2,870m2, KEP employs 50 people and is working on supplying the point machines P80 to KTZ. Today 2,636 point machines have been in commercial operation and have proven to be reliable and suitable for Kazakhstan’s rail lines.
“I am confident that with lead of Irina Lukoshkova as a General Director of KEP JV, the plant will reach new achievements and get to a new level in railways industry in Kazakhstan.” said Bernard Peille, Alstom Managing Director in Western & Central Asia.
Alstom is present in Kazakhstan with more than 600 people, two joint ventures and two plants, one in Astana for locomotives manufacturing and maintenance; and KazElectroPrivod in Almaty for the production of point machines. Alstom is the only manufacturer of electric locomotives and point machines in the Central Asian and Caucasian region and a major contributor to the revitalisation of its rail industry and the development of its economy.
Kazakhstan is an important hub linking Europe, Middle East, Asia and Russia through the new Silk Way. With around 16,000 km of tracks, the Kazakh railway network is the world’s third biggest using the 1,520 mm track gauge. Besides wide and winterized rolling stock able to run in temperatures reaching -50°C, this market is characterized by very specific technical standards which require adapted engineering solutions.