(Yicai Global) April 25 -- China’s state-owned bullet train manufacturing giant CRRC Corporation Ltd. signed a supply contract for 200 intercity electric multiple units, EMUs, worth USD278 million in Buenos Aires, Argentina, expanding into the Latin American market.
The 200 intercity EMUs will be delivered mid-next year to operate on the Roca intercity route in Buenos Aires. Under the deal, the CRRC EMUs will replace the old vehicles on the Roca line and expand the existing three- and four-unit carriages to eight-unit ones. The new trains are expected to increase the passenger capacity by 20 percent, CRRC said on its official social media account today.
This batch of orders is an additional purchase for the Roca line by Argentina's ministry of transport. They will replace 20 Toshiba EMUs dating from 1983 which have now reached the end of their useful operating life, as well as some others, according to the ministry.
Argentina also purchased a total of 709 intercity EMUs from CRRC in two batches in 2013, replacing the old vehicles on three major lines. The deal was China’s largest EMU export orders and all of the 709 vehicles now are in operation.
Having a uniform electric fleet on the Roca would assist with plans to develop a suburban network for Buenos Aires, with common technical specifications and train lengths across currently separate commuter routes, the ministry reportedly said.
Buenos Aires is the second-largest city in South America, second only to Sao Paulo, Brazil. It has a population of nearly 20 million. There are more than 20 satellite cities around Buenos Aires, and the links between satellite cities and the main city mainly rely on the urban commuter networks. The EMU cars previously supplied by CRRC now serve millions of Argentinians every day.
Editor: Mevlut Katik