Indian engineering and manufacturing company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secure its first order from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited to deliver HP electric locomotives for industrial applications.
Under the contract, BHEL will supply 6,000 HP electric locomotives to NTPC for use during material handling operations at the Lara Thermal Power Project site.
The order allowed BHEL to expand its rolling stock offerings to new market segments such as energy, steel and cement, in addition to Indian Railways.
BHEL will manufacture the locomotives at its factory in Jhansi in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The locomotives will be equipped with modern IGBT-based propulsion equipment, which is developed and delivered by the company’s Bengaluru unit.
The company’s Bhopal plant will supply the traction motors for the locomotives.
The green electric locomotives offered by BHEL will help replace diesel-electric locomotives, thus helping to reduce emissions.
BHEL said that “it has so far supplied more than 450 electric locomotives of different horsepower to Indian Railways which are successfully running”.
In 2013, Indian Railways entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BHEL for the establishment of an electric multiple unit coach (MEMU) factory at Bhilwara in the state of Rajasthan.
The coach factory, which is being built to meet the demand for faster local and suburban trains in the country, will have the capacity to manufacture 400 coaches per year.