Linxon wins Extension Order for Kochi Metro Rail project in India

Linxon has been awarded the complete power supply package including third rail for extension of existing Urban Mass Rapid Transit System in the city of Kochi by the Indian public company Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).

KOCHI: India’s Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has selected Linxon for the complete power supply package, which includes the third rail line extension for the Urban Mass Rapid Transit System in Kochi.

Kochi Metro has been operating since June 2017 and the first phase is said to be one of the fastest metro projects to be completed in India. The number of passengers on the metro is more than 1.6 million. The extension from Petta – Thripunithura Corridor will be connecting Thripunithura, a prominent historical and residential region in the city of Kochi in Kerala, by the urban mass transit.

The Linxon turnkey project covers the design, engineering, project management, delivery, assembly, testing and commissioning of the full power range for the current Kochi Metro Urban Mass Transit System expansion.

The project includes a traction substation and an auxiliary substation, as well as a third 750V DC rail system.

“This project truly defines our vision of “from grid to vehicle” in the transportation segment. The power from the grid is fed through the traction substation via a third rail, to the vehicle. This solution is covered in one single package and it offers a unique proposition to rail infrastructure developers across the globe as it reduces the interfaces with various stakeholders”, said Frédéric Trefois, CEO of Linxon.

“The success to win this project is a great achievement from our team, as it helps us to strengthen our existing portfolio in the rail segment business in India at the right time. The rail business in India has a tremendous potential in the coming years and Linxon has been a pioneer in this segment”, says Dinesh Chadha, Hub Managing Director of APAC region for Linxon.

In 2017, the second stretch of the Kochi Metro began operations, providing rail services from Palarivattom to Maharaja’s College ground.

In the same year, Alstom announced the inauguration of the first phase of Kochi Metro by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kerala.