Hitachi ABB Power Grids India announced that it won a ₹1.2 billion (~$16.05 million) order to help the Indian government’s goal of 100% railway electrification and to reduce its carbon footprint.
Under the order, the company will deliver its transformers to the Indian government’s electric locomotive manufacturer Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), for the production of 400 passenger and freight locomotive engines. It will supply 6,531 kVA transformers for CLW’s goods locomotive engines and 7,775 kVA transformers for its passenger engines.
Indian Railways is the single largest consumer of electricity in the country, with an approximate 2% share of national energy consumption. It plans to become a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030, as reported previously by Mercom.
“Railways are the backbone of environmentally-sustainable transport, and our pioneering technology will help successfully balance energy expansion with the reduction of emissions,” said N Venu, Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids India.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids India operates under the legal entity name “ABB Power Products and Systems India Limited,” according to the company’s statement.
In a separate press statement released earlier this month, Japanese conglomerate Hitachi announced that it completed the acquisition of 80.1% of Switzerland-based ABB’s power grid business and that the newly formed company ‘Hitachi ABB Power Grids Limited’ had started operations.
The companies said that they hope to bring forward innovative energy solutions in the energy (utilities), mobility, smart life (cities), industry, and information technology sectors through this deal.
In March, ABB completed the acquisition of a majority stake in the Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Company Limited. The news was made public by the company in a press statement. The latest development marks the culmination of the transaction that was announced on October 28, 2019.
In January, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department for International Development (DFID-Government of United Kingdom) for facilitating the energy self-sufficiency of the Indian Railways. As per the MoU, both the parties have agreed on taking steps to improve the energy efficiency and helping the Indian Railways to meet its energy demands.
Nithin is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.