LKAB Order 8 additional ’IORE’ locomotives for the transport of iron ore in Northern Sweden
Bombardier Transportation announced today it has received an additional order for its IORE Locomotives from LKAB. The contract, valued at 52 million euros ($70 million US) is for the supply of 8 BOMBARDIER* IORE locomotives. LKAB already has 18 IORE locomotives in successful operation.
The IORE locomotive is designed for operation with heavy haul freight trains. Two of these single cab CoCo locomotives are always used in conjunction with each other, although each unit is individually fully functional. The locomotives are in service in an extreme climatic environment where iron ore is hauled from mines located inland in Sweden to the coasts of Sweden and Norway. With an axle load of up to 30t and a starting tractive effort of 1200 kN, the IORE is the mainstay of heavy haul locomotive products within Bombardier Transportation. Stringent LCC (Life Cycle Cost) requirements from the customer have resulted in minimal maintenance costs and excellent reliability.
The locomotives are powered by highly proven BOMBARDIER* MITRAC* technology providing exceptional traction and reliability to respond to the high demands of LKAB for the performance of their sophisticated rail logistics system. The extreme climatic conditions successfully sustained by the previously delivered locomotives are further proof of the versatility of the MITRAC technology and its reliability. The locomotives will be produced at Bombardier Transportation’s site in Kassel, Germany. Propulsion and Controls will be manufactured at Bombardier sites in Germany.
Commenting on the announcement, Edmund Schlummer, President of Bombardier Transportation Locomotives Division, said: “The IORE locomotive is the ultimate electrical heavy haul locomotive and the flagship of LKAB. It has proved its reliability and demonstrated excellent performance under extreme conditions. We are proud of this additional order which reflects the importance of the Nordic market to us.”
Tomas Andersson, President Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB commented: “This is a great success for Bombardier. LKAB have valued the excellent performance of their existing IORE locomotives, and the high level of cooperation and trust with Bombardier.”
Lars-Eric Aaro, Vice President, LKAB Technology & Business Development, added: “The additional IORE locomotives, together with new 30 ton axle load ore cars, will increase our transport capacity by 60%. This means more efficient iron ore transportation to the harbours, which helps to strengthen LKAB´s position in the world’s iron ore market significantly. We are very pleased to continue our successful cooperation with Bombardier.”
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About Bombardier Transportation Sweden
Bombardier Transportation in Sweden employs approximately 1500 people at sites in Västerås, Stockholm, Hässleholm and Gothenburg. Bombardier offers a complete product portfolio to the Swedish market and has operations in Sweden that carry out design, manufacturing, project management and after-sales activities. Sweden also serves as a technology hub for Bombardier, developing signalling equipment and propulsion & controls for the global market.
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