GE Transportation and Indonesia’s state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PTKAI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a locomotive maintenance centre for the ASEAN region.

Under the MoU, both companies will create a locomotive services centre for the ASEAN region, whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The collaboration will see an improved train maintenance process at the Yogyakarta service facility in Indonesia to provide maximum availability of GE diesel-electric locomotives in the PTKAI fleet.

GE Transportation president and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli said: "GE Transportation has had a long partnership with Indonesia, the MOU will provide reliable locomotive services to the country for decades."

"We are looking forward to serving our customer PTKAI and contributing to Indonesia’s sustainable infrastructure growth for many years to come," Simonelli said.

As per the MOU, GE will provide training in the US and in Indonesia to PTKAI employees and also establish a regional spare parts distribution for quick delivery to PTKAI service facilities, which will reduce the locomotive service time so they can be returned to revenue service sooner.

The locomotive maker will also establish a traction-motor remanufacturing centre to serve ASEAN at the Yogyakarta workshop and also advise on the remanufacturing process, reflecting its manufacturing practices.

To meet the industry standards, the company will also recommend the machinery and tooling for remanufacturing traction motors.

Upon certification as a GE Remanufacturer of GE Traction Motors, PTKAI will provide a remanufacturing service for GE traction motors in the ASEAN region.

The company said that it works to power and move the ASEAN region with its advanced, fuel-efficient, cost-effective and reliable locomotives to-date.

Currently there are 250 GE locomotives operating in Indonesia, some of which have been in operation for 34 years.

PT KAI has engineering workshops in Yogyakarta as well as Lahat, South Sumatra; Manggarai, South Jakarta; Surabaya, East Java; and Tegal, Central Java.

The Yogyakarta workshop specialises in maintaining and repairing diesel locomotives, while the other workshops primarily focus on coaches and wagons.