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Sinara Group and RZD to sign contract for first 2 high-speed trains before by mid-April

19 March 2024
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The model of the high-speed train to be built at Ural Locomotives
The model of the high-speed train to be built at Ural Locomotives. Source: RIA Novosti
Belov Sergey, Editor-in-Chief, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Savenkova Ekaterina, Editorial Contributor to International Projects of ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Russia: This was announced by Viktor Lesh, CEO of Sinara Group, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 14 March, where the head of state gave the go-ahead for the Moscow – St. Petersburg high-speed railway project.

Lesh also mentioned that a contract for further serial deliveries under leasing with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) would be signed soon.

In February, Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev informed Vladimir Putin that the first batch of 28 trains, with four classes of cars, will be worth RUB 148 bln ($1.6 bln). The eight-car EMUs will have an operating speed of 360 km/h, be able to run up to two in multiple and are expected to have a high grade of automation.

Sinara Group will be responsible for building the rolling stock, while TMH will supply the components. Russian Electric Motors will provide the project with traction electric motors and MTZ Transmash and Transpevmatika will supply the braking equipment. Additionally, TEK-KOM will supply the necessary bearings. The activites on the development of the train will be led by the Engineering Centre of Railway Transport, jointly established by RZD and STM.

During the meeting last week, Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade, announced plans to allocate RUB 35 bln ($380 mln) to develop Ural Locomotives’ capacity to produce new rolling stock, with 80% of the sum to be provided in the form of a concessionary loan. To achieve the goal of having the first train ready for testing by 2026, Ural Locomotives, a subsidiary of Sinara Group, will construct two new buildings covering an area of 60,000 m2. This will enable production of around 100 high-speed train cars annually starting in 2027. Relevant documentation on the production site development was published in 2022.

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