MOSCOW, April 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (MICEX:MTLR) (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports signing a four-year contract on locomotive maintenance works between Mecheltrans-East OOO and Sinara Transport Machines OAO (STM).
The contract was signed on the sidelines of the 20th International Exhibition for Transport and Logistics Services and Technologies "TransRussia" and is valid until December 31, 2018.
According to the agreement, STM's subsidiary STM-Service will fully service and repair TE8 locomotives manufactured at STM's Lyudinovsky Locomotive Plant to Mecheltrans's order. Currently Mecheltrans-East's locomotive park includes 15 TE8 locomotives and 3 TEM18DM shunting diesel locomotives. The machines were produced to specifications requisite for exploitation in difficult climatic conditions and mountainous areas.
All service and repair works will be made in the repair depot at Verkhny Ulak station located on the Mechel-constructed Ulak-Elga railway which links the Elga coal deposit with the Baikal-Amur Mainline. Also, starting in the second half of 2015, STM-Service will ensure the readiness of Mecheltrans-East's locomotives for use on general-type railways. According to the contract, servicing will cost 120 million rubles annually.
"In 2014, we completed the contract on designing, producing and supplying 15 innovative TE8 locomotives with the 2,206-kW (3,000-hp) SuperSkid power unit produced by the US-based GE Transportation Parts LLC. The locomotive proved its efficiency in long hauls in mountainous areas, in difficult climatic conditions. This new service contract is another step in our mutually profitable long-term partnership. STM accepted obligations of setting up a specialized service center, training personnel, creating a stockpile of spare parts and consumables, which will help the efficiency of our business in this remote area," STM's Chief Executive Officer Evgeny Gritsenko noted.
"Mechel's transport division and Sinara Group are linked by long-term business ties. I am grateful to our partners for helping us in developing the Elga coal deposit, one of the world's most large-scale industrial projects. Today it is highly important for us to conduct prompt maintenance and quality repairs of our locomotive park at our production facilities. This will help our company to save transport costs, have a high rate of our locomotives' technical readiness and, as a result, a reliable resource in meeting our cargo traffic plans," Mecheltrans Management Company's Chief Executive Officer Alexey Lebedev commented.
Mechel is an international mining and steel company which employs over 70,000 people. Its products are marketed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.
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