The electrification transformation of TCDD started to give its results.
TCDD started to get benefits from electrification of Turkish rail network. The electrified conventional lines increased by 18%, reaching to 3137 km long.
The results are significant. Freight carried on rail by electric locos are doubled in last 4 years. Electric locos carried 2.7 bn ton-km in 2012 where this amount reached to 5.2 bn ton-km in 2016. High speed trains also doubled the figures in passenger side.
This, of course, started to change the composition of rolling stock. TCDD did not invest in any diesel locos last year. The only new investment for rolling stock was 18 new electric locos (E68000).
This transformation is promising. Between 2012 and 2016, all transports TCDD did increased by 11% (from 23 bn to-km to 25.5 bn to-km), the energy expenses decreased by 17%.
TCDD’s annual fuel consumption, within last 4 years, decraesed from 130 mn liter to 95 mn liter. This means prevention of emission of 80 mn kg of CO2 into the air. This much CO2 can be absorbed by 3 million trees in a year, which is bigger than the Belgrade forest in European side of Istanbul.
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