As part of Indian Railway’s
rail electrification initiative, Siemens,
a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions, is equipping Indian
Railways’ with the new propulsion system. The new system is designed to upgrade passenger and freight locomotives from 6000HP to 9000HP.
Siemens is supplying high power traction converters,
motors, drive systems and steel tank transformer, which will be part of the propulsion
equipment for 9000HP freight and passenger locomotives.
Tilak Raj Seth, Executive Vice President and Head- Mobility, Siemens Ltd. said,
“This important milestone is a step towards fulfilling Indian Railways’ vision
of complete electrification, enhanced haulage capability and building
high-technology systems in line with the Make in India initiative.”
These locomotives will boost the haulage capacity of Indian
Railways by around 50 per cent, thereby improving average speed and utilisation
of rolling stock assets. The advanced technology aims to save traction energy
cost, thereby reducing fuel expenses and carbon emissions. Chittaranjan
Locomotive Works (CLW) has pre-commissioned this indigenous 9,000HP electric
locomotive and trial runs will commence soon.