GE Transportation, Locorail and Yakutia Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the possibility of a strategic relationship to modernize diesel electric locomotives in Russia.
The memorandum creates a framework by which Yakutia Railways, under GE license, will modernize diesel electric locomotives at Yakutia Railways facility in Aldan, Russia, using GE FDL engine kits manufactured at GE Transportation facilities in Erie and Grove City, Pa. Under the agreement, GE Transportation will supply a minimum of 20 FDL engine kits per year for five years.
GE Transportation will work with Locorail and Yakutia Railways to provide service training to maintain and overhaul the modernized FDL engines. GE Transportation will also provide support to address specific improvements that include tooling and equipment at the Yakutia Railways facility in order to provide maximum availability of GE modernized diesel-electric locomotives in the Locorail and Yakutia Railways fleet.