A major contributor to the rail industry in the region
Alstom is present in Kazakhstan with more than 650 people, two Joint Ventures and two plants, EKZ 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 track, the Kazakh railway network is the world’s third biggest network using the 1,520 mm track gauge and represents a substantial market for maintenance activities.
Alstom’s sites in Kazakhstan
EKZ JV in Astana
Alstom entered Kazakhstan’s railway market in June 2010 together with its Russian partner Transmashholding (TMH), by laying the first stone of the EKZ facility in order to build locomotives for the Kazakh network. The joint company was held by Alstom (25%), TMH (25%) and Kazakh Railways (50%). Alstom, EKZ, TMH and KTZ had signed a contract for the supply of 200 Prima T8 (KZ8A) and 95 Prima M4 (KZ4A) locomotives. The EKZ plant was inaugurated in 2012. In February 2016, Alstom increased its stake to 50% and signed an agreement with KTZ to acquire their 25% shares in December 2017, which made Alstom majority stakeholder in EKZ with 75% shares. At the same time, the locomotives supply agreement and related maintenance agreements were amended to increase the scope of delivery and maintenance up to 302 Prima T8(KZ8A) and 119 Prima M4 (KZ4Q) locomotives.
The freight locomotives are now fully assembled at EKZ, the full assembly of passenger locos will start in 2019.
EKZ employs 500 people and is working on supplying and maintaining the Prima electric locomotives ordered by KTZ for 2020. As of March 2019, 50 KZ8A freight locomotives and 20 KZ4AT passenger locomotives are already in commercial operation on Kazakhstan’s rail lines.
KEP JV in Almaty
KEP was formed in 2012 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 55 people and is working on supplying the point machines P80 to KTZ. As of March 2019, 2,820 point machines have been in commercial operation and have proven to be reliable and suitable for Kazakhstan’s rail lines.
Alstom’s P80 is a wayside electromechanical point machine designed to operate with no need of periodic maintenance while providing the highest level of safety.
Repair center in Astana
The corrective and overhaul preventive works, including spare parts and repairing of traction and brake systems, for the Prima T8 (KZ8A) and Prima M4 (KZ4AT]) locomotives will be performed there for a period of 25 years
650employees (including JVs)
2manufacturing plant, 1 depot, 1 repair center and 1 office
2820point machines P80 in operation
On-going projects in Kazakhstan
Freight and passenger locomotives
421 locomotives to be supplied to the Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) – 302 freight locomotives Prima T8 (KZ8A) and 119 passenger locomotives Prima M4 (KZ4AT).
10,000 point machines P80 to be supplied to Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) over a 10-year period starting in 2013.
Full maintenance and major overhaul of 27 passenger locomotives KZ4Ac, 200 Prima T8 (KZ8A) and 95 Prima M4 (KZ4AT) during 25 years.