7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Bombardier in China bullet train deal

(The Associated Press circulated the following story on August 30.)

SHANGHAI, China -- China's Railway Ministry has awarded contracts for upgrading key railway lines to six firms, including Montreal-based Bombardier Inc., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan and Alstom SA of France, state media reported today.

The deals, part of a $12-billion US ($15.8-billion Cdn) project to double the speed of trains on five railway lines to 200 km/h, mark the first major transfer of Japan's "Shinkansen," or bullet train, technology to China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries' successful bid was made with Chinese partner Nanche Sifang Locomotive Co. It is expected to involve a modified version of the bullet train, which runs at a maximum speed of 275 km/h, the reports said.

Alstom is teaming up with Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., they said.

Alstom's TGV, or Train a Grande Vitesse, operates at a top speed of 350 km/h.

The third contract went to Bombardier and joint venture partner Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd., or BSP.

The companies were chosen for the technology, design and production expertise they would be able to provide to China and Chinese companies, Xinhua reported.

Five railway lines are to be upgraded, stretching over 2,000 kilometres. They include a line between Beijing and the northeastern city of Shenyang and another connecting Qingdao and Jinan, two major cities in eastern China's Shandong province.

The reports did not clearly indicate which companies were awarded which projects.

The projects do not include a planned 1,120-kilometre, high-speed trunk line between Beijing and Shanghai. That project, due to open bidding later this year, falls under the auspices of the government's National Development and Reform Commission.

Japan, France and Germany have all lobbied Beijing hoping to win contracts for that project, forecast to cost as much as 120 billion yuan ($19.1 billion).

Chinese officials say they have not settled on what sort of technology to use for the new rail link, but that they plan to open the project to international bidding once a decision is reached.

The Railway Ministry has said China needs to spend two trillion yuan ($318 billion) on expanding the rail system, which is operating at full capacity and can only handle about a third of current demand for cargo transport.

China began raising the speed at which trains operate in 1997. The most recent upgrade took the average speed for the fastest lines to 160 km/h.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2020 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Updated HEROES Act provides the financial lifeline transportation workers need and deserve
Democrats propose billions for airlines, transit in virus relief bill
STB rejects Metra’s request for declaratory order in dispute with UP
NJ Transit on track to complete PTC four years after deadly Hoboken crash
Grant to help pay for work along Southwest Chief route
Economy starting to pick up, says incoming CEO of BNSF Railway
CP Holiday Train won’t roll across Canada this year due to pandemic
Transit advocates call on SEPTA to reform regional rail
Q&A: RRB financial reports
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines