Turkey just released for delivery some 50 units of tank cars headed to the capital of Iraq. This will be the first batch of 400 units that Iraq ordered from Turkey which will be used in transporting oil and fuel.
Iraq's Republic Railways decided to revive the country's railway industry by utilizing its rail system in transporting fuel and oil from the Baiji oil refinery in Salahudin province north of Baghdad to the port of Umm Qasr in the southern province of Basra.
They partnered with Cryocan company, one of the fastest growing companies in Turkey. The order was for 400 units which will be delivered in batches until the end of 2022 according to Tekin Urhan, General Manager of Cryocan. For this year they aim to complete production of up to 100 tank cars.
The design for the tank cars came from Cryocan's engineering team themselves as well as the manufacturing processes. Fuel-oil, crude oil or LPG can be stored in the tank cars although according to Urhan they have just now built a new prototype that will be used solely for transporting LPG on railways.
Iraq plans to use around 2,000 tank cars for this project.