Russian private freight railcar operating lessor Brunswick Rail has agreed to supply additional railcars to SIBUR-Trans, a subsidiary of Russian petrochemicals company SIBUR.
Under the deal, Brunswick Rail will deliver 150 gas tank wagon 15-1780 models to SIBUR-Trans for seven years on a long-term operating lease.
The wagons are built by Ukrainian firm Poltavhimmash and designed to carry propane, butane and propane-butane mixes.
Brunswick Rail aims to deliver the first 20 wagons by the end of May 2012, while the remaining models are scheduled to be ready by the end of June 2012.
Brunswick Rail deputy CEO and business development director Vladimir Khoroshilov said that given the current shift in demand from gondolas towards specialised rolling stock, the company is interested in working with partners from the petrochemicals and gas sectors.
"In the medium term, we plan to increase the number of specialised railcars in our fleet, including gas tank cars, and hope that this will give us the opportunity to further meet our clients' demand for such rolling stock," Khoroshilov said.
The latest deal takes the number of leased railcars by SIBUR-Trans to 760. Brunswick Rail has a fleet of over 22,000 modern railcars and the majority are gondolas, constituting 72%, and mineral hoppers, comprising 15%, while the remaining 13% are box cars, universal platforms and tank cars.
In August 2011, the company had signed an agreement to acquire the freight rail operator Proftrans to increase its flee, which consists of 1,647 gondolas with an average age of 3.5 years, and widen the service offering.
Image: Brunswick Rail's 15-1780 model gas tank wagons, which are built by Poltavhimmash, are designed to carry propane, butane and propane-butane mixes. Photo: courtesy of Brunswick Rail.