The first new locomotives are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2012. The contract has a core value of $292 million with options offered that could bring the total value to over $400 million.
The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said: “The ability of Downer and Electro-Motive Diesel to provide support at the front line has been second to none and underpins this deal. Integral with this contact is the further build up of Downer support for customers in Western Australia.”
The SD70ACe/LCi locomotive and its key components and systems are designed and built by EMD, a member of the Caterpillar family of companies. Downer and EMD have worked together for more than 60 years supplying and maintaining locomotives in Australia.
This contract follows the award to Downer, in partnership with Progress Rail USA (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar), of a rolling stock supply contract to design, build and deliver 17 new PR22L locomotives to TasRail, Tasmania’s State owned rail company.
The contract was awarded in December 2011 and the first new locomotives are expected to be delivered in mid-2013. The total value of the project is over $60 million.
“This fleet of locomotives will bring significant performance benefits to TasRail including fuel consumption improvements, exhaust emission benefits and reliability improvements,” Mr Fenn said.
The PR22L locomotive and its key components and systems are designed and built by Progress Rail USA and EMD.
Downer Rail has over 100 years’ experience and is a leading provider of innovative and efficient rolling stock asset management solutions. Downer Rail is a partner of choice for freight and passenger rail operators, providing services at more than 30 strategic locations across Australia.