posted on 17th Dec 2018 14:16
SSAB has given Green Cargo its continued trust in handling the crucial flow of steel ingots and finished products between SSAB’s plants in Luleå, Borlänge and Oxelösund. The new agreement, which goes into effect on 1 January 2020 and extends at least five years beyond that, covers the Norra Stålpendeln line between Luleå and Borlänge, the Södra Stålpendeln line between Borlänge and Oxelösund and the shunting services at SSAB’s production plants in Borlänge and Oxelösund. The volumes total approximately 3 million tonnes a year.
The procurement process lasted for a year and a half, with a focus on jointly developing the existing system to be more reliable and cost-efficient while increasing flexibility in order to meet SSAB’s future - and more fast-moving - overview of their requirements. One of the keys to achieving a more efficient and more reliable system is the 16 new Transmontana locomotives that Green Cargo is investing in. The locomotives’ increased tractive power means that the same amount of steel products can now be transported with 200 fewer trains per year compared with the current system, which considerably increases cost efficiency while the currently heavily burdened infrastructure is utilized more efficiently by Green Cargo.