GE Transportation has secured a new contract from Chilean private transport provider Ferrocarril de Antofagasta (FCAB) to supply five diesel-electric locomotives next year.

Representing the company’s first locomotive order in Chile, the contract also includes a parts, service and warranty agreement between the two parties.

FCAB general manager Mauricio Ortiz said: “The acquisition of these five new GE locomotives, along with other brand new rolling stock, trigger a step change in greenhouse gas emission reduction, improves safety features for our crews and enhances train productivity.

“We are sure the changes we are making lead us to provide a more safe and reliable service to our customers in Chile and beyond the border.”

Under the order, GE will supply five C23EMP single-cab AC/DC locomotives designed specifically for FCAB to carry out light-axle load operations.

“We are sure the changes we are making lead us to provide a more safe and reliable service to our customers in Chile and beyond the border.”

These vehicles are equipped with GE FDL 12-cylinder engines to enable operations at higher altitudes and the company’s electronic fuel injection to optimise fuel consumption.

These GE locomotives are said to also have low clearance and can operate on narrow gauge tracks.

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Commenting on the contract, GE Transportation Latin America Marcos Costa said: “With this agreement, we will help the region improve its rail infrastructure and bring products to market faster and more efficiently.”

To be used to transport different product within Chile’s mining industry, all the five locomotives will be assembled at GE Transportation facility in Contagem, Brazil.

In the last three years, GE claimed to have registered a 40% increase of locomotive and digital sales in South America with contracts from Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.