Designed for the harsh environmental conditions of Pakistan, the locomotives have a capacity of 4,500hp, an 8,000l fuel tank, and are each capable of pulling 40 high-capacity wagons.
Pakistan Railways CEO Javed Anwer Bubak said: “Each locomotive will be used to haul up to 3,400t of freight and the seven locomotives are expected to help Pakistan Railways generate substantial revenues of up to Rs13bn per year.
“We are glad to partner on this initiative with GE, which is well-known throughout the world for its reliability, innovation and superior technology.”
Over the next ten years, the Government of Pakistan aims to increase share of rail in transportation from the 4% to 20% to reduce costs, as well as environmental impact of moving goods across the country.
GE expects to deliver the remaining locomotives to Pakistan Railways this year.
GE Pakistan president and CEO Sarim Sheikh said: “These new locomotives will provide better fuel efficiency and longer overhaul cycles than other units in Pakistan today, substantially reducing the costs of transporting essential freight.
“We are proud to be able to provide this much-needed technology and help develop the future of the country’s transportation sector in collaboration with Pakistan Railways.”
The locomotives will be used to haul freight, and will primarily transport coal supplies from Port Qasim in Karachi to Sahiwal. Five trains carrying 12,000t of freight will run daily for this purpose.
GE’s Evolution Series locomotives are the result of a ten-year, $400m investment.
Image: Pakistan Railways and GE celebrate the arrival of the first seven of 55 EVO Series locomotives. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.