Date of Post: 20 Feb, 2019
ABB has won a Rs 270 crore order to supply converters for electric locomotives from Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi, the company announced on Tuesday. The converters are custom designed for Indian Railways and will be manufactured at one of ABB’s largest factories for locomotive applications at Nelamangala near Bengaluru.
- ABB’s traction solution is based on the latest technology to bring more reliable trains to passengers, while increasing sustainable transport use by moving from diesel trains to electric.
- This helps rail operators to achieve significant operational of improvements.
- ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said,“We are delighted to be contributing to the electrification of India’s rail network with ABB’s locally manufactured solutions.”
- “By adopting advanced technologies, India is achieving rapid improvements in growth and productivity, and shaping its economy for the era of digitalisation.”
- Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director of ABB India said,“We are privileged to work with DLW and Indian Railways on the electrification of the domestic rail network in India – the 4th largest rail network in the world. This order will help to improve rail efficiency, so that passengers travelling in India will reach their destination on time and in comfort.”
- In India, over 20% of 3-phase electric locomotives are equipped with traction converters from ABB.
- ABB traction equipment successfully drives over 250 electric locomotives operated by Indian Railways for both passenger and freight services.
- The government, last year, has approved plans to fully electrify the Indian Railways by 2022.
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