Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. Shares the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ongoing Commitment to Improvement and Expansion of Its Rail Infrastructure

Published March 21st, 2010 - 12:45 GMT
Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) today announced it has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Mohawarean Group to form a joint venture organization in order to set forth the following initiatives:
• Provide expert service training and technical support to the maintenance and operational personnel for the entire fleet of locomotives in the region.
• Provide post delivery spare parts to insure high reliability and availability of locomotives.
• Provide complete maintenance support throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
• Make investments to enhance the skills of citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the transfer of repair technology.
• Rebuild and repower older locomotives.
• Develop the potential for performing certain production activities for new locomotives.
• The JV will consider further investment in the Saudi market based on future locomotive demand. The JV goals will be consistent with the ambitious growth targets that the Kingdom has set forth.
As an example of EMD’s leading role in the Kingdom, the Company is cementing its commitment to Saudi Arabia by producing 25 new high power SD70ACS diesel electric locomotives for the Saudi Railways Company (SAR). These units are specifically designated for use on the North – South line. They will carry minerals on over 1482km of newly constructed track, and are capable of dealing with some of the harshest desert environments including 300 km across the Nofud desert. Delivery of the SD70ACS locomotives is scheduled to begin during the 2nd Quarter of 2010.
As the fleet of diesel electric locomotives in the GCC region is expected to expand, EMD is developing a Service Center with Mohawarean Group to provide world-class aftermarket support for the existing fleet as well as future fleet expansion. Electro-Motive is taking the lead in providing technical expertise to the JV to bring this type of service support that could be utilized by other regions in the GCC.
According to John Hamilton, President and CEO, “We are proud of our long history of providing high quality locomotive products and services to the Kingdom since 1957. We realize that the relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and EMD is a key factor to our overall success in the Middle East region, and we foresee an even stronger relationship as we move into the future.”
Mohawarean Group President & CEO, Mr. Mohammed Al Othman commented, “The signing of this MOU with a world class company such as EMD to form a Joint Venture in the Kingdom is extremely good news for Saudi Arabia and brings new opportunities to the Kingdom for the recruitment and training of Saudi Nationals in an industry that is benefiting from the governments vision and investment for a long term transportation strategy. Through our subsidiary Company, Mohawarean Railway Services, we are committed to supporting EMD in the transfer of knowledge for the long term benefit of Saudi Arabia. EMD has demonstrated its commitment to the Kingdom with the signing of this MOU and we are very proud to be EMD’s partner in this venture.”
According to Albert Enste, Vice President of International Sales & Service, “EMD is anticipating the future expansion of locomotives in Saudi Arabia as well as other countries of the GCC, and we are preparing to support this regional expansion with Saudi Arabia as EMD’s Center of Excellence in the region.”
Mohawarean Railway Services, a newly created and wholly owned company of Mohawarean Group, has had a very successful track record since its inception. Such success includes, an order in association with Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles (CAF) of Spain for eight passenger trains from Saudi Railway Organisation (SRO) with delivery scheduled for early 2011. The company with its joint venture partner, MCML of India is currently executing, as a sub contractor, the implementation of signaling systems on the North South Railway network and communication services for the Makkah Metro project. Additionally, with its joint venture partner, RITES of India, the Company has recently signed a five year operations and maintenance contract with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) for the North South Railway network. Mohawarean Railway Services is also working in association with Bombardier of Canada, for the King Abdullah Financial District Monorail project. This record of success has laid the foundations for the company’s long term strategy and commitment to provide world class services on existing and future projects to customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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.

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