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February 23, 2016

Rolls-Royce to deliver 100 MTU engines for Argentina’s Chinese-built freight locomotives

Chinese locomotive manufacturer China Railway Rolling Stock (CRRC) has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce worth more than €30m to deliver a total of 100 MTU Series 4000 engines.

Rolls-Royce 4000 R43 engines

Chinese locomotive manufacturer China Railway Rolling Stock (CRRC) has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce worth more than €30m to deliver a total of 100 MTU Series 4000 engines.

CRRC will equip the 16V 4000 R43 type engines in 100 freight locomotives, which are being built as part of the contract with main contractor China Machinery Engineering (CMEC).

Following completion, the locomotives will be exported to Argentina for service with Belgrano Cargas y Logisticas of the Argentinian Ministry of Interior and Transport.

The company noted that each of the MTU 16V 4000 R43 type diesel engine has a power output of 2,200kW.

"This order underscores the importance of our relationship with CRRC and our presence in the Chinese market."

According to the company, the order is the fourth major project between MTU, a part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and the rolling stock manufacturer CRRC.

The new order follows a contract from South African operator Transnet for 232 engines for freight locomotives and 48 engines for freight locomotives for New Zealand rail operator Kiwi Rail, as well as an earlier order by Argentina’s Ministry of Interior and Transport for 20 locomotive engines.

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CRRC subsidiaries CRRC Dalian, CRRC Quishuyan, CRRC Beijing and CRRC Ziyang will be responsible to manufacture the 100 new locomotives.

Being produced in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the new engines will be delivered to CRRC by the end of this year.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO Dr Ulrich Dohle said: "This order underscores the importance of our relationship with CRRC and our presence in the Chinese market."

The orders come at a time when China has agreed to increase financing to strengthen Argentina’s railfreight network, and CRRC expects to establish a manufacturing and maintenance operation in Argentina.


Image: Rolls-Royce’s 16V 4000 R43 type engines will be equipped on CRCC’s freight locomotives. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce.

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