PSU Bhel flags off its first 6,000-HP electric locomotive
New Delhi: As part of its diversification initiatives, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has expanded its footprint in the transportation sector with the flagging off of its first 6,000 HP electric locomotive (Type WAG-9H).
The BHEL-manufactured locomotive was flagged off by Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction & Ex-Officio Secretary to the Govt., Ministry of Railways, in the presence of Atul Sobti, Chairman & Managing Director, BHEL from the company's Jhansi plant. Directors on the board of BHEL and senior officials from Indian Railways were also present on this occasion.
A pioneer in the transportation sector, BHEL has been working very closely with Indian Railways for the last six decades to meet their requirement of electric propulsion equipment for rolling stock and mainline electric locomotives.
The 6,000 HP locomotive has been manufactured against a prestigious order from the Railway Board for 30 locomotives. Significantly this is the first electric locomotive equipped with state-of-the-art IGBT based 3-phase propulsion system with regenerative braking and air-conditioned cabin & water closet, to be manufactured by BHEL.
BHEL is fully geared up to cater to the growing need of Indian railways by offering solutions with latest technological advancements. BHEL has created a dedicated centre for research and development in transportation technology and manufacturing facilities at Bhopal, Jhansi & Bengaluru.