Czech Unipetrol upgrades petrochemical rail cargo communications

28 June 2012 11:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Czech petrochemical producer Unipetrol is bringing its rail cargo transportation in line with European requirements by equipping 17 locomotives with new mobile radio stations, the company said on Thursday.

As well as installing the radio stations, Unipetrol will also improve its information system, making sure it complies with international requirements for cargo transportation, it said.

“The implementation of the global mobile communication system in the locomotives for railway applications will secure the needed compatibility in the area of radio communications, which is required on railway routes of the European conventional system,” said Miroslav Vlasak, an executive at Unipetrol transportation subsidiary Unipetrol Doprava.

“Safety, speed, fluency and reliability will be clearly improved and the management of railway transportation will be made more efficient,” he added.

Half the cost of both projects is being co-financed by the Czech Republic's Operational Transportation Programme, which draws on EU funds.

The radio stations project will receive koruny (Kc) 2.9m ($140,000, €112,000) while the information system upgrade will obtain Kc700,000 from the programme, Unipetrol said.

($1 = €0.80, $1 = Kc20.74, €1 = Kc25.85)

By: Will Conroy
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