The construction of the locomotive factory in Nay Pyi Taw will be finalized by the end of this year, according to Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
The factory will assemble and manufacture electric diesel engines with a capacity of 2,000 horsepower which will be equipped with a computer controlled system, at the end of this month. The factory can manufacture about 20 diesel engines annually depending on the availability of tools and parts.
The engines produced by the factory will be installed in passenger trains and freight trains.
Minister for Transportation and Communications inspected the under-construction factory in October last year.
The minister was briefed about the assembling process of ten diesel engines, cutting work of raw iron materials using CNC machines, manufacturing process of a locomotive frame and body, fitting process of pipes, painting and electric wiring process in the engine.
Myanma Railways (MR) began construction of a factory in Nay Pyi Taw to build new engines and to assemble locomotives on June 1, 2015 and the whole project is slated for completion in late December this year. The factory, which consists of 14 buildings made of reinforced concrete with steel structures and sheets, was constructed on 18 acres of land.
The factory will assemble and manufacture electric diesel engines with a capacity of 2,000 horsepower which will be equipped with a computer controlled system in cooperation with CRRC Dalian Co., Ltd from China. Upon completion of the whole project, the factory will be able to produce 20 electric diesel engines annually.