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Russian Railways Plans to Increase Volumes Transported by Electric Traction


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‘Russian Railways gives priority to electrification of railway lines when implementing green technologies’, said Sergey Kobzev, Deputy Managing Director – Chief Engineer of Russian Railways, at the plenary discussion ‘Green Swan Solutions. How Railways Set Global Eco Trends?’ of the international transport and logistics forum PRO//Motion.1520.

‘We plan to increase the volume of cargo transportation by electric traction and give priority to electrification of the most busy freight routes that are currently operating on diesel traction’, said Sergey.

Transfer to electric traction along with the planned increase in cargo turnover by 2025 will reduce diesel fuel consumption by 20% (by 191,000 tons per year) and reduce greenhouse emissions by 5.6 % (458,000 tons of CO2 eq.).

According to Sergey Kobzev, train traction is the main cost driver (as of 2019 – 86.4 %) of fuel and energy consumption of Russian Railways. That is why energy savings of train traction is the most priority.

‘Today, more than 4,000 locomotives are equipped with systems that generate the train movement algorithm with minimal energy consumption and can operate in auto drive. This year we will complete the implementation of this project on the entire railway network,’ said Kobzev.

The Company has approved an Energy Strategy and Energy Savings and Efficiency Improvement Program. According to these documents the technology for driving freight trains on energy-saving schedules has been introduced since 2012.

Russian Railways to Increase the Speed of Transit Container Trains to 1,400 km/day By 2024

Despite the significant increase of container traffic between China and Europe this year, it is necessary to keep increasing the average traffic speed. This will make it possible to transfer shipments of the world’s leading manufactures to rail transport. This opinion was expressed by First Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways Sergei Pavlov at the panel discussion ‘Let’s Come Together. How to Improve the Efficiency of International Railway Transportation in the 1520 Area?’ of the international transport and logistics forum PRO//Motion.1520.

According to Sergei Pavlov, the target for the transit speed of a container train for 2024 is 1,350-1,400 km/day (1,058 km/day for 2019). Its achievement can be supported by the optimization of parking time and an increase in the distance of the maintenance on the warranty areas.

Pavlov said that the tariff component is one of the key factors of efficient transportation, together with the agreed tariff policy pursued by the railroad workers of the 1520 area. He also emphasized that special tariffs have been set on Russian railways along the main transit routes long ago. All this taking into account tariffs applied on the adjacent railways provides a competitive through rate on the entire route.

Another source of competitive advantages for any company, according to the First Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways, is digital technologies.

‘Being consumers of services and goods, we are already accustomed to the fact that the convenience of purchases and the quality of services directly depend on the degree of digitalization of customer – seller communication. Russian Railways is actively working in this direction, creating digital transit corridors’, he said.

According to Sergei Pavlov, international cooperation continues to remain an excellent tool for promoting both the advantages of railway transport in general and specific transport products.

‘Together with our partners in the 1520 area, we make a lot of efforts to preserve the technological integrity of the railways, improve the legal terms of transportation, conduct a dialogue on multilateral platforms with European and Chinese colleagues aimed at creating a transcontinental service that will meet all demands of our clients’, said Sergey Pavlov.

Rail transport is the most environmentally friendly transport in Russia. The share of the railway transport of total greenhouse gas emissions is about 1.8% (share of Russian Railways is less than 1%). Over 85% of passengers and 86% of cargo are transported by electric traction.

International transport and logistics forum PRO//Motion.1520 was held online on October 22-23. The event is organized by the publishing house Gudok.

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