Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—7-April-2009 - Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) today announced it has signed the contract to manufacture a quantity of 25 SD70ACS heavy haul AC diesel electric locomotives for Saudi Railway Company (SAR). These units are specifically made to deal with the harsh desert environments of Saudi Arabia. Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled to begin during the 2nd Quarter of 2010. This will bring the number of EMD locomotives operating in Saudi Arabia to 72 locomotives.
The SD70ACS is a 4,500 BHP AC locomotive that includes an EMD IGBT AC drive system. This locomotive also features a pulse filtration system and movable sand plows on the pilot and trucks that makes the SD70ACS the ideal locomotive for the extreme desert environment of Saudi Arabia. These units are equipped with the EMD 710-T1 fuel-efficient diesel engine and the EM2000 microprocessor locomotive control system, as well as the ERTMS/ETCS train control equipment. The units are also equipped with FIRE™ display system. Crew comfort features that are being built into the locomotive are an isolated cab to reduce noise and vibration, air conditioning, refrigerator, toilet facility, hot plate as well as other features to make the locomotive a better and safer environment for the crew. As the majority of all diesel locomotives in the Middle East come from EMD, it is with that great wealth of experience that EMD has used in designing locomotives for excellent operational capabilities for SAR.
According to Albert Enste Vice President International Sales & Service “ Saudi Arabia is a key market for EMD in the Middle East region. EMD is committed to supplying the highest quality products and services to Saudi Railway Company (SAR), and we look forward to a long lasting relationship between our two companies on future opportunities.”
Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is one of two U.S. original equipment manufacturers of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, with additional facilities in London, Ontario, Canada, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and has sold its products in more than 70 countries worldwide. The Company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 70,000 engines and has the largest installed base of diesel-electric locomotives in both North America and internationally. In addition to its locomotive manufacturing activities, EMD has an extensive aftermarket business offering customer’s replacement parts and a range of value-added services for its locomotives. The Company is also a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation.
Additional information may be found at www.EMDiesels.com.