Siemens has received an order from Russian Railways (RZD) to supply a total of 54 regional trains for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The agreement is worth up to 580 million euros. A firm order worth around 410 million euros has been placed for the first 38 Desiro type trains, which will be manufactured entirely at the Siemens plant in Krefeld, Germany. A preliminary contract has been signed for a further 16 units. These trains should then be partly built in Russia. The agreements were signed only a few days after the official start of the Velaro RUS high speed train, also built by Siemens. The train went into passenger service on the mainline between Moscow and St. Petersburg on December 17.
Construction work for Russia's Winter Olympics around Sochi on the Black Sea is well underway. Environmentally-friendly rail links are planned to carry athletes and spectators to and from the airport, the Olympia Park and the various sports venues. Siemens is supplying Desiro trains for regional services; these trains are capable of top speeds of up to 160 km/h and are expected to enter service in autumn 2013.
According to Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of Siemens Mobility, "Russia represents a huge growth market for rail technology. Thanks to our comprehensive portfolio for eco-friendly rail-based transportation systems, we are perfectly positioned in the fields of rolling stock and railway infrastructure and intend to remain RZD's most important foreign partner." Russia’s railway service operates more miles of track than any other country in Europe.
Siemens’ transportation technology successful in Russia
In the past few years, the Siemens Mobility Division has managed to land a number of significant orders in Russia. Just recently, RZD ordered 200 modern sleeping cars from Siemens and its Russian partner – a deal which is worth EUR 320 million to Siemens. "Sapsan", the new Russian model of Siemens' Velaro high speed train, has been providing high-speed passenger service between Moscow and St. Petersburg since December 17. The RZD placed orders with Siemens for eight 10-car trains and the corresponding maintenance for a period of 30 years. Together, these orders are worth EUR 600 million.