Hitachi ABB Power Grids wins Rs 160-crore order to supply transformers to Railways

  • For Railway’s CLW, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver traction transformers for one of the Indian Railways’ most successful class of locomotives, the WAG 9

  • And for CORE, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will supply trackside transformers

Bangalore: Hitachi ABB Power Grids has won orders worth Rs 160 crore from the government’s electric locomotive manufacturer, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), and the Central Organisation for Rail Electrification (CORE), to power electric freight locomotives for the Indian Railways, the company said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges on Wednesday. For Railway’s CLW, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver traction transformers for one of the Indian Railways’ most successful class of locomotives, the WAG 9, which was developed in response to the strong growth in the rail freight transportation sector. And for CORE, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will supply trackside transformers, said the company.

Indian Railways manages the fourth-largest rail network in the world by size. It is aiming to create a future-ready railway system, bringing down logistics costs for industry and supporting the Make-in-India initiative. This plan aligns with the government’s goal of achieving 100 percent rail electrification by December 2023 and making Indian Railways a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030.

‘Railway electrification will help lower dependence on fossil fuel’

“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,” said N Venu, CEO and Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India. “Such partnerships will help lower our dependence on imported fossil fuel and reduce both fuel costs and carbon emissions for the Indian Railways,” he added.

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver trackside transformers rated 132 kV (kilovolt) to CORE and traction transformers rated 25 kV to CLW. The trackside transformers reduce power voltage from the utility power network to a suitable level before feeding it to the railway catenary conductors. Traction transformers route power from the catenary for essential train functions such as traction, lighting, ventilation, braking, signalling and communication.

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