ABB won a USD 42 million contract to supply converters for electric locomotives from Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), in Varanasi. The converters are custom designed for Indian Railways and will be manufactured at one of ABB’s largest factories for locomotive applications in Nelamangala, near Bengaluru, in Southern India. This is ABB’s largest traction equipment order in India.
“We are delighted to be contributing to the electrification of India’s rail network with ABB’s locally manufactured solutions. By adopting advanced technologies, India is achieving rapid improvements in growth and productivity and shaping its economy for the era of digitalization,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.
ABB has delivered traction equipment for more than 250 electric locomotives operated by Indian Railways for both passenger and freight services. In India, more than 20 percent of three-phase electric locomotives are equipped with traction converters from ABB.
Last year, the Indian government approved plans to fully electrify the Indian Railways by 2022.