Wärtsilä TMH Diesel Engine Company (WTEC), a joint venture between Finnish company Wärtsilä and Russia-based Transmashholding, has secured an order from BMZ Bryansk to deliver generating sets for shunter locomotives.
The joint venture will supply 12 Wärtsilä 20L generating sets for the new TEM 18B diesel shunter locomotives being built by BMZ Bryansk, a subsidiary of Transmashholding.
The Wärtsilä 20L generating sets are scheduled to be delivered in autumn 2013.
WTEC managing director Zeljko Starcevic said taht the locomotives can operate in temperatures ranging from -50°C to 40°C.
"The challenging climatic conditions call for high engine efficiency and reliability," Starcevic said.
"At the same time, the customer’s need has been to reduce the fuel consumption and operating costs with these new locomotives, and in all these areas WTEC has been successful."
Russia’s Federal Agency for Railway Transport gave a Certificate of Conformance to the first shunting locomotive tested using the new Wärtsilä 20L engine in April 2012, clearing the way for the locomotives to be operated on the country’s railway system.
WTEC plans to deliver 30 Wärtsilä 20L engines by the end of 2013 to power TEM 18B locomotives.
The engine order is the first contract signed by the joint venture since it was formed in 2010 by Wärtsilä and Transmashholding.
The 50-50 joint venture started production in June 2012 at its plant in Penza, Russia, with full production expected in summer 2013.
The facility will produce between 250 and 300 engines, including a technically advanced version of the Wärtsilä 20 engine, which will be used in shunter locomotives, as well as for various marine and land-based power applications.
Image: Russia’s Federal Agency for Railway Transport has given a Certificate of Conformance to the first shunting locomotive tested using the new Wärtsilä 20L engine in April 2012. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.