GE Transportation Delivers First Two Locomotives in Indian Railways Partnership

GE Transportation Delivers First Two Locomotives in Indian Railways Partnership

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LUCKNOW, February 22, 2018 – (NYSE:GE) – GE today announced the delivery of two 4,500-horsepower diesel-electric Evolution series locomotives to Indian Railways in the presence of Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman of the Indian Railway Board and senior dignitaries from Indian Railways at an event in Lucknow.

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The locomotives have been made under the $2.5 billion agreement signed in 2015 as part of the Government of India’s Public Private Partnership ‘Make in India’ program to develop and supply 1,000 fuel-efficient diesel-electric Evolution Series locomotives.

GE has also unveiled the state-of-the-art Roza Maintenance Shed in the Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The maintenance shed which has been built on 20 acres with an investment of Rs. 200 crores (USD 35 million) will be equipped for digital monitoring of the GE Evolution Series diesel locomotives (4500 and 6000 horsepower) and will have a modern training institute for Indian Railways pilots.  

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman of the Indian Railway Board said, “Today marks a paradigm shift in diesel locomotive family. I would like to compliment GE for this new generation fuel-efficient locomotive. The localisation aspect on this locomotive will eventually go upto 70% making it a perfect example of Make in India. It is indeed a historic achievement for GE, Indian Railways as well as the Northern Railways.”

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“Our strong partnership with Indian Railways is aligned to Government of India’s railway modernization and “Make in India” efforts. The timely delivery of the first two locomotives and the unveiling of the Roza maintenance shed have been made possible owing to strong commitment from the GE team in India and globally, working closely with Indian Railways,” said Nalin Jain, President & CEO- International, GE Transportation.

The 4500 HP diesel-electric locomotives use cutting edge technology to ensure higher fuel efficiency and emission compliance to international emission standard UIC1, and are digitally enabled for predictive analytics to set new standards for reliability and availability. The locomotives will have close to 70% localized content through investments in India by global and local suppliers. The Locomotives have been designed taking into consideration basic comforts of Loco pilots in terms of airconditioned operator cab, noise pads for reduction in noise level, heated wind screens, urinals and digital displays.

The Roza maintenance facility will have a team of globally certified technicians and will use analytics based maintenance practices to deliver improved asset availability and reliability for the diesel locomotive fleet. This facility will set new standards in Indian Railways for maintenance and monitoring of diesel locomotives enabling skill development and employment opportunities.

About GE Transportation

At GE Transportation, we are in the business of realizing potential. We are a global technology leader and supplier of equipment, services and solutions to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. Our innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and savings using our advanced manufacturing techniques and connected machines. Our digital solutions, which provide data-driven insights to improve efficiency, leverage Predix – GE’s cloud-based operating system for the Industrial Internet.

Source: GE

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