BHEL to supply 6,000 HP electric locomotives to NTPC after winning contract

BHEL's Bhopal facility will supply the traction motors for the locomotives. The eco-friendly electric locomotives offered by the firm will help replace diesel-electric locomotives, which will help in reducing emissions.

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won its first order from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited. BHEL will deliver 6,000 HP electric locomotives to the corporation for use at material handling operations in Lara thermal power project site.

This order has enabled BHEL to expand its services in the rolling stock business to new market segments such as power, steel, and cement, in addition to Indian Railways. BHEL will manufacture these locomotives at its Jhansi facility in the state of Uttar Pradesh that will feature modern IGBT-based propulsion equipment, which is developed and delivered by the firm’s Bengaluru unit.

BHEL’s Bhopal facility will supply the traction motors for the locomotives. The eco-friendly electric locomotives offered by the firm will help replace diesel-electric locomotives, which will help in reducing emissions.

BHEL has informed that ‘it has so far supplied more than 450 electric locomotives of various ratings to Indian Railways which are running successfully’.

In 2013, Indian Railways signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BHEL to establish a mainline electric multiple unit (MEMU) coach factory at Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The coach factory, which is being built to meet the demand for faster local and suburban trains in the country, will have the ability to manufacture 400 coaches a year.

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