Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, takes delivery of first of 34 trains ordered from China

17 June 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 June – The government of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro last week took delivery of the first of 34 trains ordered for the new urban fleet for the metropolitan region of the state capital in a ceremony held in Changchun, north of Beijing, the Brazilian press reported.

This is the first time state group China CNR Corporation Limited, previously called the China North Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation, is selling equipment to Latin America, and it is now considering setting up a factory in the Brazilian state.

The carriages that make up the trains are bigger than those currently used in Rio de Janeiro and are equipped with vigilance cameras, LCD screens, electronic panels and air conditioning.

The chairman of Supervia (the urban train operator controlled by the Odebrecht group), Carlos José da Cunha, said that the acquisition was part of a process of modernisation of the company’s rolling stock, which would almost double, by 2014, its transport capacity (which currently stands at around 520,000 passengers per day).

The train delivered last week is expected to start operating in August and the final units to be delivered in March, 2012, as part of a deal worth US$220 million, which received 90 percent funding from the World Bank.

State group China CNR Corporation Limited has around 10,000 workers and has already exported to several countries including Australia, North Korea and Iran. (macauhub)