Alstom has completed its first all-electric locomotive at its facility in Madhepura, Bihar, India.
The facility is 74% owned by the company and 26% by Indian Railways.
The first locomotive is part of a €3.5bn order consisting of 800 electric double-section locomotives signed in 2015.
The agreement contributes to the Indian Ministry of Railways’ public-private partnership programme to modernise the rail infrastructure of the country.
In line with the government’s and Indian Railways’ target towards 100% electrification, the new locomotives are set to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Alstom chairman and CEO Henri-Poupart Lafarge said: “Our operations in India are paramount to our business globally and we continue to stay committed to developing India’s infrastructure needs, improving the quality of services to citizens and investing in the nation’s economy.
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“This project stands as a shining example of Alstom’s commitment to ‘Make in India’. Apart from creating thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly, we have created a strong localised supply chain for this project, with 90% of the components sourced locally.”
Featuring 12,000hp is part of the company’s Prima locomotives family, each double-section locomotive has a hauling capacity of 6,000t and a speed of 120km/h.
The locomotives are fitted with IGBT-based propulsion technology and will be compliant with Indian freight transport standards. They were developed with the support of six Alstom sites in France.
The company also secured three new contracts worth €75m in India.
The company won power supply contract from the Mumbai Metro Rail (MMRCL), new train sets contract from Chennai Metro Rail Corporation and another power supply contract from Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation.