LKAB Secures 18 Iron Ore Transportation Locomotives
Specialist consultancy Vysus Group, formerly LR Energy, has been selected to support international mining and mineral group, Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB, in the modernisation of its fleet of 18 iron ore IORE transportation locomotives, which use the Ore Railway in Sweden all year round. The one year contract, worth a six-figure sum, was awarded to Vysus Group in November 2020 and has options to extend up until 2026. It is anticipated that that project will take up to six years to complete.
Vysus Group will be responsible for the provision of engineering, risk management and regulatory approvals services. This will ensure the work carried out under the modernisation programme meets regulatory and legal requirements, and complies with the European Commission’s Common Safety Methods (CSM). The CSM provides a legal and mandatory framework for the evaluation and assessment of risk associated with engineering, operational and organisational changes to railways.
The modernisation of the trains, which transport iron ore from LKAB’s mining operations in Malmfälten in the north of Sweden to the shipping ports of Luleå and Narvik several times each day, will include upgrades to the onboarding and signalling systems.
The IORE locomotives have been designed to transport extremely heavy loads with a single train transporting as much as 6,800 tonnes of iron ore products. With a traction of 1,200 kilonewtons, it is the world's strongest locomotive. They are 750 metres long, have 68 cars with a load capacity of 100 tonnes per car, and handle millions of tonnes of iron ore products each year.