ABB, a Switzerland-based heavy electrical equipment and automation company, has won an order of about Rs 115 crore from Indian Railways’ Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) for Varanasi to supply traction transformers.
These transformers are customized for the WAP-7 type electric locomotive. The 6,000 horsepower capacity locomotive is capable of hauling 24 coaches at speeds of up to 140 kilometers (km) per hour.
"The project is part of the 'Mission Electrification' initiative of the Indian Railways, which aims to convert an additional 24,000 km of railways network from fuel oil to electrification," the company said.
The mission also aims to enhance energy efficiency by adopting high-quality equipment and facilitating the increased adoption of renewable energy in railway operations.
The transformers will be manufactured at ABB’s Vadodara facility in Gujarat.