Doprava, a part of the ORLEN Group, will be the first carrier in the Czech
Republic to equip its diesel locomotives with state-of-the-art European train
control system, ETCS. The first of eight locos of the 753.7 range (“spectacled
cobra”) will get the European train control system this year and the entire
fleet will be equipped by 2022. The contract worth tens of millions of korunas
is co-financed from the Operational Programme Transport and it will be
implemented by Czech company CZ LOKO.
“The investment in
the European Train Control System not only strongly boosts safety but also
competitiveness. The new system will help us substantially facilitate
international transport because our locomotives will be able to move within the
trans-European transport network, TEN-T, which will go across the Czech
Republic and whose technical parameters require the use of ETCS as part of
ERTMS,” says Jaroslav Dvořák, Executive Director of Unipetrol Doprava, adding: “Following a massive investment in the
purchase of electric (Vectron) and diesel (Bizon) locomotives in recent years,
we will continue to modernise the fleet together with our parent company, PKN ORLEN,
and ORLEN KolTrans. We want to gradually replace older diesel and electric
Only the most modern locomotives are currently fitted with
the European Train Control System in the Czech Republic. But the Rail
Infrastructure Administration has announced that effective from 2025, it will
not allow non-ETCS trains on the tracks. Unipetrol Doprava has 29 locomotives
which are involved both in national and international transport. Of this
number, only Siemens Vectron locos are currently equipped with ETCS.
“For us, this
contract is the first project for additional installation of the mobile part of
ETCS in the legacy CZ LOKO locomotives. Although this represents a major
intervention in the vehicle, we plan that we will have the locomotive on our
site only for a couple of days considering the serial implementation of the
contract,” says Jan Kutálek, Sales Director and a member of the Board of Directors of CZ
the European Train Control System. It is part of the European Rail Transport
Management System (ERTMS) and is expected to gradually replace 20 different
national signalling and train control systems. This will enable to control
trains throughout entire Europe without the need to change tractive units on
the borders or to equip them with different national systems. It is expected to
be deployed especially on high-speed lines and transit corridors and it should
replace all national systems in the future
belongs to the ORLEN Group. It offers a wide portfolio of services in the
railway market. In addition to transporting chemical products, it also focuses
on forwarding, railway car hire, repair and cleaning services, and consulting.
It is currently one of the main railway carriers in the Czech Republic.
The Unipetrol Group is the largest refinery and
petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude-oil processing
and on the production, distribution and sale of vehicle fuels and petrochemical
products – particularly plastics and fertilisers. In all these areas, it
belongs among the important players on the Czech and Central European market.
The Unipetrol Group encompasses refineries and production plants in Litvínov
and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo with its Mogul brand in Pardubice and Kolín,
Spolana Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. Unipetrol
also includes a network of Benzina filling stations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
With 416 filling stations, Benzina is the largest chain in the Czech Republic.
Unipetrol is one of the largest companies in terms of turnover in the Czech
Republic. It earned CZK 129 billion last year and employs more than 4,800
persons. In addition to its business development, Unipetrol is proud to be a
socially responsible corporation. Therefore, it pays an equal amount of
attention to initiatives which focus on the cultivation and support of
sustainable development, education, local communities, and the environment. In
2005, Unipetrol became a member of the PKN ORLEN Group, the largest crude-oil
processor in Central Europe.
more information, please visit the “Responsible Company” section at www.unipetrol.cz.