EU representatives visit Tulpar-Talgo joint project

ASTANA. April 18. KAZINFORM A European Union delegation, representatives of the Embassy of Spain in Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan visited a locomotive assembly plant "Tulpar-Talgo" earlier this week, Kazinform has learned from the Kazakh MFA's press service.

This enterprise manufacturing passenger rail cars based on the technology of the Spanish company "Patentes Talgo" has become  a symbol of the developing economic ties between Kazakhstan and Spain.

The EU representatives visited the working shop of the plant, which was launched on December 9, 2011. On April 11, 2012 it has already sent nine assembled cars for the operational testing. The guests showed a keen interest in the plant equipment and its operation, and talked to the Spanish experts who advise on the project and contribute to its launch in full capacity.

Oleg Russakov, chief engineer of the plant,  briefed the guests on plans to renew the passenger rolling stock of "National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" JSC and increase the travelling speed. In his words, the new Talgo railcars will play the leading role in this process.

The trains of the Spanish company laid the foundation for an era of high-speed passenger rail service in Kazakhstan. In 2003, Talgo high-speed trains started to shuttle between Astana and Almaty, and between Almaty and Shymkent. The next step was the construction of the technical servicing centre for such rail cars in Almaty.

The construction of the plant by Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and Talgo in the capital of Kazakhstan with the volume of investment totaling US$ 80 million has become the largest project in this sphere to have a great multiplier effect. At the final stage of the plant construction the local content will reach 56 percent in producing components and materials, more than 75 percent in labor intensity, while the number of new jobs will rise up to 366.

Like many large Western countries, in recent years Spain has been actively exporting its technology and experience abroad, setting up the joint ventures, and promoting the industrial growth in the countries like Kazakhstan.

The "Tulpar-Talgo" plant was built jointly by JSC NC "Kazakhstan Temir zholy" and Spanish company "Patentes Talgo S.L." (Kazakhstan owns a 50 percent stake in the joint venture). The plant has a design capacity of 150,000 wagons per year and the constructional speed of the wagons reaches 200 km per hour.

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