The delivery is expected by November this year. The engines and compartments will have a two-year warranty for mechanical parts and five year warrant for electrical parts. The Chinese company was selected by a worldwide tender.
The Railways Chief said a second contract to buy 12 engines, each of them costing more than US$ 4 million, would be awarded to a US company. The project would cost about US$ 48 million (Rs seven billion). The delivery of the engines is expected within a year.
He said these purchases were in addition to the purchase of six power sets, 10 engines, 30 oil tankers and 20 container type wagons to transport coal and flour and 160 compartments under a Indian credit line costing US$ 105 million (Rs 15.7 billion). The delivery of the engines and wagons is expected within this year.
(By Damith Wickremasekara – sundaytimes.lk)