MCC EuroChem has signed a contract with Russia’s United Wagon Company (UWC) for the purchase of 700 new generation hopper cars.
The rolling stock will be used to transport mineral fertilisers produced at EuroChem enterprises, including Usolskiy Potash (part of Russia-based MCC EuroChem), which exploits the Verkhnekamskoye deposit with potash ore reserves of 2.3 Bt.
Under the terms of the contract, the whole batch of model 19-9835-01 hopper cars will be delivered to EuroChem by the end of the first half of 2019.
The new generation hopper cars for transport of mineral fertilisers are equipped with bogies with the axle load of 25 tf and a body with the volume of 101 cu metres.
The car specifications make it possible to carry loads of up to 76.7t, which is 6t more than can be carried by hopper cars with standard bogies widely used in the fertiliser industry at present, said UWC. IT added that the schematic construction of the new car reduces its weight while increasing strength and durability.
A special two-component internal coating of the body based on a vinyl copolymer is designed to provide excellent protection against aggressive cargo explosion.
The increased volume of bins lowers the centre of gravity of the car, making it harder to overturn. Stamp-welded hatches offer improved rigidity and durability, preventing corners of the cover from being pressed out from collars.
A moulded rubber strip, being used as a sealing, has a continuous section, and that property is claimed to significantly increase the sealing’s wear-resistance. Moreover, said UWC, this sealing contributes to increased tightness of interfacing between the unloading cover and the collar. Each hatch has only two locking and sealing devices, compared with eight on other hopper cars, offering significant savings in cost and time.
Another claimed advantage of the model 19-9835-01 car is its increased terms of between-repairs run. The new car can be used for eight years (or up to 1M km) between overhauls, compared with two years (or 110,000 km) for standard analogues.
“Increasing potash production and sales capacity is a priority for our company,” said Kirill Kholostov, deputy head of the Logistics Division at EuroChem.
“EuroChem’s competitiveness on domestic and foreign markets depends on end-to-end control of the supply chain, thanks to our own logistics infrastructure – railway facilities at enterprises, rolling stock, terminals at Russian ports – and use of the latest technologies, including transportation technologies. Acquisition of cars from UWC is a logical step towards implementation of our plans.”