France-based Alstom will supply 14 more high-power locomotives to Indian Railways from its Madhepura locomotive plant in the Indian state of Bihar by the end of this month.
These deliveries will be made in addition to the 76 locomotives, which have already been supplied to Indian Railways.
Under the contract signed in 2015, the Madhepura Electric Locomotive will provide 800 heavy-haul locomotives of a total capacity of 12,000hp to the Indian Railways.
The Madhepura Electric Locomotive is a joint venture between Alstom and the Indian Railways.
Alstom Asia Pacific senior vice-president Ling Fang was quoted by India’s Business Today as saying: “We have already delivered 76 locomotives to the Indian Railways and have successfully ramped up the capacity of the Madhepura locomotive factory. We will deliver 90 more locomotives to the Indian Railways by the end of this month. Since the capacity ramp-up of the facility has been completed, the Madhepura facility will be able to deliver 20 locomotives in a month, which is almost double the earlier capacity.”
Ling also confirmed that the company is also looking for opportunities for exporting the locomotives from India to international markets.
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The Madhepura locomotive plant will undertake the production of the first 800 locomotives.
With the capacity to carry 6,000t at a top speed of 120km/h, these locomotives will provide services on the dedicated freight corridor, which is being established by Indian Railways.
The delivered locomotives are currently operating on the 351km Khurja-Bhaupur section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), and the 306km Rewai-Madar section of the Western DFC, which were inaugurated recently.
According to the contract, the Madhepura Electric Locomotive will also be responsible for the upkeep of the locomotives for about 13 years.