Hitachi ABB Power Grids limited, India has bagged an order from the Government of India’s electric locomotive manufacturer, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), and Central Organization for Rail Electrification (CORE) to power electric freight locomotives for the Indian Railways. The order is valued at INR 160 Crore.
Scope of Work for Order Bagged by Hitachi ABB Power Grids
As per the scope of work for this Chittaranjan Locomotive Works order, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver traction transformers rated 25 KV for Indian locomotive class WAG 9 (WAG 9 was developed by the ABB group).
For Central Organization for Rail Electrification, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will supply track-side transformers rated 132 KV.
About the Transformers to be Supplied by Hitachi ABB Power Grids
“Traction transformers route power from the catenary for essential train functions such as traction, lighting, ventilation, braking, signaling and communication. The trackside transformers reduce power voltage from the utility power network to a suitable level before feeding it to the railway catenary conductors”, as explained by Hitachi ABB in its press release dated 10th March 2021.
Work Order Placed by Indian Railways in line with Its Vision
The order issued by Indian Railways to Hitachi ABB Power Grids limited is in line with Indian Government’s plan of achieving 100% rail electrification by December 2023. Also it shall help create a modern railway system that brings down logistics costs for Indian Industry.
Commenting on winning the orders N Venu, CEO and Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, India said “These orders are a source of immense pride for us at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. They advance our vision of playing a pivotal role in rail electrification in India and enabling improvements in rail safety, capacity and speed. Such partnerships will help lower our dependence on imported fossil fuel and reduce both fuel costs and carbon emissions for the Indian Railways” as reported in the press release of Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd. dated 10th March 2021.
About Hitachi ABB Power Grids Limited: The company is listed in the stock exchanges under the legal entity ABB Power Products and Systems India Ltd. Hitachi ABB Power Grids serves utility, industry, and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas like sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage, and data centers.