The railways of India has received its first 12000 HP electric locomotive move from Alstom. The deal is ‘make in India’ move with an investment of 3.5 billion euros. This new locomotive on electric will be assembled and manufactured at the factory of Alstom in Madhepura, Bihar. The 12000 HP electric locomotive move is a significant milestone for the Piyush Goyal leading Railways bid – go green and reducing the use of carbon.
The WAG12 class locomotives ‘make in India’ will power up the trains on the Indian Railways Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs). This project, however, is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Alstom. It not only involved in manufacturing fully electric powered double section locomotives of 800 but also will maintain them for 11 years.
Specialties of 12000 HP Electric Locomotive Project
The Eastern division of Indian Railways testing the new 12000 HP electric locomotive and it can reach up to a maximum speed of 120 kmph with the 6000 tons hauling power.
Alstom says it will use low voltage cables and LED lamps making it a green go. It is equipped with insulated Gate bipolar transistor based technology and through this, Alstom will save energy consumption as regenerative braking is integrated.
Talking about the multi-billion locomotive project, Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom India & South Asia told FE Online, “Our localized footprint will continue to be the driving force behind our operations in India. Our emphasis towards skill development and community action in Madhepura will be ongoing.”
The plant is spread over to 250 acres and tests the track for the locomotives. The ministry of Railways in 2015 awarded the project. In fact, believed to be an investment under make in India scheme which provides employment for about 10000 people.
Recently Indian Railways created a history. The history is about the conversion of a Diesel loco into an electric locomotive. The project, further, involves the conversion of 2600 HP diesel locos into a 5000 HP loco and carried out in Varanasi. According to Railway Minister, Indian Railways may space out diesel engines in next 5 years.