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BHEL bags orders from Indian Railways for IGBT-based propulsion systems Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
New Delhi: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured two breakthrough orders from Indian Railways for the development, manufacture and supply of 3-Phase IGBT-based propulsion systems for Electric Locomotives and AC EMUs.

The orders for 40 sets for 1400 HP AC EMUs (Electric Multiple Units) and 30 sets for 6000 HP Electric Locomotives are cumulatively valued at Rs.3,000 Million. The orders have been bagged amidst stiff competition from leading international suppliers.

These orders give BHEL an opportunity to become the established supplier to the Indian Railways for this technology, hitherto the domain of leading multinational corporations.

BHEL is already executing an order for 200 numbers of 5,000 HP 25 kV AC Mainline Electric Locomotives (Type WAG -7) for Indian Railways. With the present order, Indian Railways have reposed their confidence in BHEL's capabilities and technological excellence.

"Both BHEL and Indian Railways will benefit from this as BHEL will be able to offer products, system and services indigenously eliminating dependence on costly imports and ensuring long term sustenance," the company said in a statement. BHEL is working towards supplying the system within the shortest possible time.

BHEL has partnered Indian Railways for over 40 years for the supply of DC Electric Propulsion Systems and Electric Locomotives. Today, more than two-thirds of the rolling stock of Indian Railways is powered by BHEL supplied propulsion equipment. The company is gearing up to meet the emerging demand in the transportation sector which is expected to grow exponentially with Indian Railways planning to enhance capacity in rolling stock.

In the recent past, across the world, the trend has been to switch over from conventional DC drives to 3-Phase AC drives based on Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) technology which provides advantages like lesser power losses, better control ability, higher performance and reliability.

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