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EU helps make Moldovan railway infrastructure more energy efficient

Moldovan railway

  • Connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change
  • Transport
  • Energy & energy efficiency
  • Environment & climate change

Today the state-owned railway company Calea Ferată din Moldova (CFM) received 12 new diesel locomotives as a part of a large project, financed jointly by the EU, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The new engines will consume less energy and will ensure safer, more efficient transport of goods and passengers within the Republic of Moldova.

Ambassador Peter Michalko, head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, said:

“The 12 locomotives are acquired with support from the European Union, the EU bank (the EIB) and our partners from the EBRD, with the EU contribution financed by the money of EU citizens. This event today marks an important step towards making Moldova greener and more sustainable. It also showcases the successful cooperation between the EU and Moldova in this sector, which proves that together we can overcome challenging times and achieve our objectives for a sustainable economy, environmental resilience and social prosperity, for the benefit of the people of Moldova.”

Adrian Onceanu, CFM director general, added: “Thanks to the locomotives’ more powerful diesel engines, fewer operations will be needed. This will improve transport efficiency and reduce operating costs.”

The project also includes the rehabilitation of the railway infrastructure and a comprehensive reform of the railway company to improve safety, efficiency and corporate governance. The total project cost is €110 million, of which €5 million is an investment grant from the EU’s Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF).

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