The first startup complex of the Belarusian-Swiss factory built in the town of Fanipol to make electric transport will be commissioned by the end of 2013, BelTA learned from Alexander Gutyrchik, Deputy Director of OAO Stadler Minsk.
According to the source, the relevant commission is already accepting the facility, with the acceptance certificate for the first startup complex being signed. A manufacturing wing as large as about 16,000 m2 has been built using modern materials. The startup complex also includes two checkpoints, including a transport checkpoint, a heat and electricity wing with a boiler house and a transformer substation, a fire-fighting system and a pressurized air system. The manufacturing wing will have three production departments — two for assembling and one for tuning.
Equipment installation has been completed in the manufacturing wing. Access ways are being finished as well as other engineering and transport infrastructure facilities within the confines of the land plot.
About Br250 billion has been spent on the project to set up the factory since its construction began in March 2013. OAO Grodnopromstroy is the general contractor for the project. Up to 230 people including subcontractors are now working at the site. The work follows the schedule, everything planned for 2013 has been accomplished, specified the Deputy Director.
The first phase of the factory construction project is supposed to be completed in May 2014. By that time construction workers will build the logistics area, the painting division, and the auxiliary manufacturing wing. Equipment installation has begun already. Cranes have been installed. A bead-blasting chamber and a painting chamber have been installed already, with work on another painting chamber in progress.
The investment project to start manufacturing passenger electric transport for railroads and urban mass transit systems is being implemented by the managing company of the holding company Belkommunmash and the Swiss company Stadler Rail AG. The project is being implemented within the framework of Belarus president decree No. 322 of 20 July 2012. A joint venture based on OAO Electric Transport has been set up to implement the project. It was renamed into OAO Stadler Minsk on 6 November 2013, with Stadler Rail AG owning 60% of the authorized fund.
The factory is being built in Fanipol, Dzerzhinsk District, Minsk Oblast. The modern factory will be able to turn out 18 Flirt and Kiss type trains per year initially. Later on the capacity will reach 30 Flirt and Kiss trains, 100 trams, and 40 sets of welded structures. A land plot of 18.9 ha has been allocated for the factory. It is now part of the free economic zone Minsk. About €50 million will be invested to implement the project.