“Ukrzaliznytsya” has confirmed the interest in cooperation with the Chinese manufacturer of rail transportation CRRC Corporation Limited, said railway company on Friday.

According to the head of “Railways” Evgeny Kravtsov, who is cited in the report, the company is interested in cooperation with Chinese manufacturer and are willing to work together to develop mechanisms for such cooperation.

“We have a serious need for upgrading of traction rolling stock and the Chinese partners offer modern locomotives, which can significantly improve locomotive fleet and to bring Ukrzaliznytsia to a higher level of competitiveness,” he said.

The head of “Ukrzaliznytsya” recalled: given the trend decline in the weight of freight trains, CRRC offers to put instead of the usual two-section 8-axle locomotives 1-section 6-axle, which is 1.5 times cheaper.

“Once again: the main item on our agenda will be the purchase price, maintenance, the possibility of localization of production of components and spare parts. I’m sure together we will come to consensus and select the most favorable conditions for cooperation”, – said Kravtsov.

As noted in the message, he took part in negotiations with representatives of CRRC under the chairmanship of the Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Cricle.

Ukrzaliznytsia in September 2018 signed a Memorandum of cooperation with global companies Alstom (France) and CRRC. The needs of the company are to purchase at least 200 locomotives over the next seven years and by 2029 – up to 500 new locomotives.