BHEL bags major order from Indian Railways

Order pertains to Railways for the supply of 118 sets of IGBT-based traction converters for 3 phase 6,000 HP electric locomotives. The traction converters will be manufactured and supplied by BHEL’s Electronics Division!

New Delhi: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged a major order from Indian Railways for the supply of 118 sets of IGBT-based traction converters for 3 phase 6,000 HP electric locomotives.

The order, valued at INR 200 Crore, was placed with BHEL by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW).

The traction converters will be manufactured and supplied by BHEL’s electronics division, Bengaluru. Significantly, BHEL has already supplied 225 such IGBT-based traction converters, which are under operation with Indian Railways.

BHEL has been working very closely with Indian Railways for the past more than four decades to meet their requirements of electric propulsion equipment for rolling stock and mainline electric locomotives.

In the transportation sector, BHEL manufactures a wide range of traction propulsion equipment at its Bhopal, Jhansi and Bengaluru plants and has emerged as a reliable partner for the Indian Railways through its long-term association providing quality products and prompt after-sales service. The company offers system design, manufacturing, supervision of commissioning and countrywide after sales support for the entire range of propulsion equipment required for diesel electric locomotives, electric locomotives, AC EMUs, DEMUs, etc.

It also manufactures complete electric locomotives for railways and diesel electric shunting locomotives for industrial customers at its Jhansi plant.

With a view to cope with technological advancements and continuous improvement of equipment and transportation systems, BHEL has set up a centre for electric transportation at its Bhopal plant and a centre of excellence for transportation at its Bengaluru plant.

These centres, which have facilities for vehicle testing and computer simulation of service operation, are envisaged to act as the focal point for systems-oriented research in the area of railway transportation. These have facilities for vehicle testing and computer simulation of service operations.

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