Date of Post: 20 Sep, 2018
New Delhi: Indian Railways has confirmed its acceptance of GE’s 4,500-HP (HorsePower) diesel-electric evolution series prototype locomotives, a statement from the GE said. After successful testing on India Railways’ tracks, the locomotives were handed over in February 2018, the statement read.
- The acceptance of these locomotives is a testament to GE’s engineering depth and understanding of customer requirements.
- Nalin Jain, President and CEO-APAC, GE Transportation said, this is a major step towards fulfilling our contract with Indian Railways.
- The statement said, a standard practice, the acceptance of the 4500hp locomotives came after months of reviewing key design aspects, documentation and a thorough validation around various parameters in US and India.
- Also, the 4,500-HP locomotives completed additional reviews including oscillation trials and rating and performance tests.
- The new units feature an evolution series engine and an electronic fuel-injection system for improved fuel efficiency, as well as compliance with international emission standard UIC1.
- The individual axle-control AC propulsion technology will improve hauling capability and decrease life-cycle cost.
- Also, the locomotives are digitally enabled for predictive analytics to increase reliability and availability, read the statement.
Make in India
- The locomotives are part of a $2.5 billion agreement signed in 2015 in support of the Government of India’s PPP (Public Private Partnership) ‘Make in India’ programme.
- The deal included an order for 1,000 locomotives, as well as the establishment of a new GE Transportation factory and maintenance sheds in India.
- At present, there are 45 locomotives in India that are ready for inspection and acceptance by the Indian Railways.
- GE’s state-of-the-art Roza Maintenance shed in Uttar Pradesh is ready for operations and the construction of the train factory in Marhowra, Bihar is in advanced stages, the statement read.
- Operations will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, it added.
- Once fully operational, all locomotives built in Marhowra under the agreement will have 70% localised content.
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