“Alstom & Indian Railways mark milestone FDI”

This year, Alstom completes 5 years since it won the contract worth €3.5 billion from Indian Railways to supply 800 fully electric super powered double-section locomotives of 12,000 HP capable of hauling ~6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 kmph. Planned to be deployed for operations on major freight routes, including the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), these e-Locos are transforming the heavy freight transportation landscape of India.
Certified by the Ministry of Railways and Commissioner of Railway Safety / RDSO earlier this year, the first WAG 12B e-Loco was inducted for commercial services in May 2020. So far, Alstom has successfully manufactured and delivered 50 such e-Locos to the Indian Railways. These e-Locos have covered close to 2 million kilometres on the railway network till date.
"Alstom is proud to partner in India's growth story. Today, as we look back at an eventful five-year journey, it gives me immense pride to state that we have made progress across a spectrum of spheres - technological, infrastructural and socioeconomic - alike", says Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom India & South Asia.
Basis the contract, which includes an associated maintenance of the e-Locos for over a period of 13 years, a joint venture was formed between the Indian Railways, Ministry of Railways (26% equity) and Alstom (74% equity) to set up one of India's largest integrated greenfield manufacturing facilities at Madhepura, Bihar. Spread across 250 acres, with a production capacity of 120 locomotives per annum, this industrial site is built to international standards of safety and quality. Alstom will deliver 75 units in FY 20/21 & 100 units annually starting next fiscal.