French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has manufactured and supplied the 100th fully electric high-powered two-section locomotive to Indian railways.
Alstom will deliver around 800 electric locomotives of 12,000 hp under a contract of approximately 4.22 billion dollars (3.5 billion euros), which it obtained in 2015.
With a transport capacity of 6,000 tonnes at a speed of 120 km / h, these locomotives will be deployed to provide freight services.
This project is considered to be the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) project in the Indian railway industry.
In May of last year, the first Prima T8TM WAG-12B locomotive began commercial service.
These locomotives have been introduced on key freight routes, including dedicated freight corridors.
In December 2020, these trains started their services on the first fully operational sections of the dedicated freight corridors.
Alain Spohr, Managing Director of Alstom India, said: “I am happy to mention that despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, we have managed to manufacture and deliver 100 fewer e-Locos to Indian railways. one year. Due to the complexity of the project, it is truly an honor to work on a one of a kind project “Make in India” which resulted in a technological breakthrough for the country.
“Our successful collaboration with Indian Railways paves the way for innovation and advanced technology in the country. Alstom is committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient solutions for IR’s revolutionary journey to become the world’s first 100% green railway. ”
The Prima T8TM WAG-12Be-Locos are manufactured in the greenfield integrated manufacturing center in Madhepura, in the Indian state of Bihar.
The project also covers the creation of two maintenance depots in Saharanpur in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and in Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Currently, the Saharanpur depot is operating, while the Nagpur depot will start operations in 2022.
Last week, Alstom signed a product testing agreement with New York’s Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to test the implementation of one of its environmentally friendly traction technologies.