Rolls-Royce again supplies MTU rail engines for Chinese-built Locomotives in New Zealand

Thursday, 18 May 2017
  • 15 engines of type 20V 4000 R43 for freight trains
  • Kiwi Rail chooses CRRC locomotives powered by MTU for fourth time
  • Engine delivery from July 2017

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY – Rolls-Royce is to supply MTU Series 4000 rail engines for New Zealand rail operator Kiwi Rail for the fourth time. Fifteen 20V 4000 R43 engines are to be delivered from July 2017 to China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), the world’s biggest manufacturer of rail vehicles. The engines are destined to power 15 DL class freight locomotives. This is the fourth order that Kiwi Rail has placed for these rail vehicles since 2009, its current fleet consisting of 48 DL class diesel-electric locomotives. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Bernd Krüper, Vice President Industrial Business at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said:

The fact that Kiwi Rail has again decided to place an order for CRRC-built freight locomotives equipped with powerful and cost-efficient engines from MTU is a tremendous mark of confidence. We are delighted to be continuing our partnerships with CRRC and Kiwi Rail.”

The 20V 4000 R43 engines each deliver 2,700 kW and are EU Stage IIIA-compliant. Their outstanding features include high power density and low fuel consumption.

Kiwi Rail has been deploying the 108-tonne DL class locomotives since 2010 for service on New Zealand’s North Island. This service takes in the cities of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, which form the so-called Golden Triangle. In these three cities, over half of New Zealand’s economic output is generated.

This order signals the continuation of the successful partnership between Rolls-Royce and CRRC. Together, customers in South Africa and Argentina have so far ordered over 350 CRRC locomotives powered by Series 4000 engines.