Published on February 19th, 2019 | by Kyle Field0
Indian Railways Pushes Towards Goal Of Full Electrification By 2022 With ABB Deal
February 19th, 2019 by Kyle Field
ABB is making headway in India with a new train deal worth $42 million with Indian Railways. ABB will supply its traction equipment across the rail network to improve the efficiency of existing equipment and to improve the reliability of the Indian rail network.
The deal will supply ABB’s industry leading converters for electric trains to Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi in Northern India. ABB will build the converters at one of ABB’s largest locomotive supply factories in Nelamangala, in Southern India.
“We are delighted to be contributing to the electrification of India’s rail network with ABB’s locally manufactured solutions,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “By adopting advanced technologies, India is achieving rapid improvements in growth and productivity and shaping its economy for the era of digitalization.”
Seeing a company that is literally named for a competing internal combustion rail solution purchase such a large quantity of ABB’s electrified rail technologies is a huge win that indicates just how competitive electric rail is in diverse economies around the world. Not only does it clean up the air around the rail lines, it eliminates the point-of-use emissions stemming from rail altogether.
“We are privileged to work with DLW and Indian Railways on the electrification of the domestic rail network in India – the fourth largest rail network in the world,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, ABB India. “This order will help to improve rail efficiency, so that passengers traveling in India will reach their destination on time and in comfort.”
ABB’s traction equipment is the backbone of more than 250 electric locomotives operated by Indian Railways today, which are in use on both passenger and freight lines. The company has its components in more than 20% of the three-phase electric locomotives and this new order will see that number continue to climb as Indian Railways pursues its stated objective of full electrification by 2022.