India Gets Its First High Horse Power Locomotive From France

Julian HOARAU (repost from NDTV) - 22-sept.-2017 12:47:08
New Delhi:  India’s dream for high horse power locomotive moved closer to reality with the arrival of the first bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France at Kolkata port on Wednesday. This first-of-its-kind high-power electric locomotive will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed by next year. The bodyshell for the fleet of the twin-section electric locomotives which Alstom is to supply to Indian Railways was unloaded at Haldia, ready for delivery to the factory at Madhepura where it will be assembled. In November 2015, the public transporter inked a contract with the French company to manufacture 800 such train engines over the next 11 years in a joint venture at the Madhepura locomotive factory in Bihar.   This is the first major FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) project in the rail sector. The first such locomotive, estimated to cost about Rs. 30 crore, will be assembled with components brought in from Alstom’s factories in France and will have its trial run by February next year.   Ads by ZINC   The contract allows for the first five locomotives to be imported, but the remaining 795 are to be manufactured locally in support of the government’s Make in India campaign.     The total contract is worth above three billion euro. This project includes the set-up of a plant at Madhepura (Bihar state) and two maintenance depots at Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh state)and Nagpur (Maharashtra state). The delivery of the locomotives will spread between 2018 and 2028. The locomotive will run at a speed up to 120 km/h. The Railways is currently using 6,000HP locomotives for freight services. The increase in speed would also result in improving line capacity in the rail network, a railway official said. As per schedule, 35 locomotives would be rolled out from the factory by 2020, 60 in 2021, followed by 100 every year till the target of 800 is completed.  

Alstom T&D India to strengthen Odisha’s grid infrastructure

Thomas ILHE - 19-oct.-2015 13:31:18
Alstom T&D India has been awarded contracts by Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) worth close to €20 million (approx. INR 1403 million). The contracts include the supply of a 400/220 kV Air Insulated Substation (AIS) as well as Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) in Odisha. These substations form part of the major drive initiated by OPTCL to improve the transmission network of the state. The AIS will be installed at Lapanga in Odisha’s northern district of Sambalpur. Alstom will manage the related civil, mechanical and electrical works to construct twelve 400 kV bays and two 220 kV bays along with the necessary electrical equipment. All equipment will be engineered and manufactured in Alstom’s world class facilities in India. Alstom will also deliver a GIS consisting of five 220 kV bays, nine 132 kV bays, substation automation and control system as well as associated civil works. The substation will be installed at Chandaka, less than 15 km from Bhubaneswar, Odisha’s capital. This substation will feed the existing 132 kV load centre substations and as a result, strengthen the power supply backbone of this capital city. Rathin Basu, Managing Director, Alstom T&D India said: “Alstom has been a regular supplier for OPPTCL, one of the largest state utilities in India. There has been an increasing focus on improving Odisha’s transmission infrastructure and an emphasis on turnkey projects. As a leader in this segment, Alstom is delighted to participate in these projects and is well poised to meet the growing requirements of the customer.”  Source: Alstom

Alstom to provide metro trainsets and a signalling solution for Lucknow’s first metro line

Thomas ILHE - 19-oct.-2015 12:37:26
Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €150 million by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) to provide metro trainsets and a signalling solution for the new metro network of the city of Lucknow.  Alstom will supply 20 Metropolis trainsets, each composed of four metro cars. Each car will be fitted with air conditioning and a passenger information system for a high level of passenger comfort. Alstom will also provide Urbalis, its Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) solution which controls the movement of the trains, enabling them to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety. The headway of the Lucknow metro will be 100 seconds.    "We are delighted that LMRC has entrusted Alstom with the supply of its first metro. This is an important project for Lucknow’s inhabitants and its visitors as they will soon be able to commute from the north to the south of the city onboard a metro that is safe, fast, reliable and environmentally friendly," said Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice-President Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific.   Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. The new metro line will be around 23 km long and include 22 stations of which 19 elevated and 3 underground. The project shall be carried out in two phases, starting with a first corridor of 8.4 km-long. The line is expected to carry about 430,000 passengers per day in the first year, increasing to over 1 million by 2030.   The metro cars will be produced in Alstom’s Sri City train manufacturing facility in India. The signalling system will be jointly supplied by Alstom’s sites in Bangalore, India and Saint-Ouen, France.   Alstom has strong presence in India where the company has been awarded important metro projects for cities including Chennai, Delhi and Kochi.  Alstom’s Metropolis is a world leading, proven, safe and reliable train that has been sold in over 20 cities around the world, including Singapore, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Paris. More than 4,500 Metropolis cars have been sold worldwide since 1998.    About Alstom Transport A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, including trains, signalling, maintenance and modernisation, infrastructure and offers integrated solutions. Alstom Transport had sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion of orders in the fiscal year 2014/15. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs around 28,000 people. Source:

SmartGrids France at the forefront of European Utility Week in Vienna on November 3 to 5, 2015

Purva Marwaha - 16-oct.-2015 08:54:31
SmartGrids France at the forefront of European Utility Week in Vienna on November 3 to 5, 2015       The SmartGrids France association was created in April 2015 to develop the sector in France and to promote it in Europe and internationally. The association will be participating in European Utility Week taking place in November in Vienna to raise the profile of businesses in this sector and their expertise, focusing on live trials by demonstrators. SmartGrids France will be alongside Business France in the France section (Hall A).   The SmartGrids France professional association was created through one of ten initiatives set out in the "Smart Grids" roadmap presented by the French President in mid-2014. As the "Team France" of Smart Grids , this association offers support to players in the sector, with the aim by 2020 for the sector to represent 25,000 direct jobs in France, to generate €6 billion in turnover, half of which from export, and to become one of the industry leaders in a global market estimated at €30 billion per year. It includes electrical engineering, automation, telecommunication equipment, information systems, market models and regulation. Its industrial references range from the modernization of networks, to the strong growth in demand, the integration of renewable energies, the implementation of energy efficiency mechanisms. The members of the association play the role in developing the standards.   To promote its expertise in Vienna, the association will be offering:   -        a presentation of its smart grid demonstrators and their initial results; -        foreign delegations to come discover these demonstrators through a route of French expertise -        a presentation to promote the socio-economic aspect of smart grids, a world first; -        an overview of the current flexibility of French power grids thanks to the existing smart grid features.   The association is a member of the Global Smart Grid Federation, helping it to exchange with its peers on a global level. Delegations from Japan and Taiwan have already discovered the main French demonstrators. France is the leading country in terms of smart grid investment in Europe. Over 100 smart grid projects are currently taking place across France as well as numerous export projects.   French expertise in this field is recognized internationally. French network operators, especially RTE and ERDF, currently export their skills by supporting foreign operators in deploying smart grid technology in their networks. The investments and the dynamics of the offer make the French power network one of the worlds most available and reliable.     About SmartGrids France:   The association is chaired by Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of ERDFs Management Board. The Vice-Chairman is Olivier Grabette, deputy CEO of RTE. The association is composed of global members from the world of business, academia, institutions and players in the electricity sector. These members include Alstom, Schneider, EDF, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Mines ParisTech, SAGEMCOM, ABB, Gimelec, Cofely Ineo, Siemens, Atos, Cap Gemini, and SMEs such as Cahors, Seifel, Michaud, etc.   The association is primarily responsible for: - Organizing, in France and abroad, events to promote smart grid expertise and represent its members;·Supporting the development of its SME and mid-size company members; - Ensuring the representation of its members with public authorities and European and international organizations; - Taking stock of the smart grid sector and its show rooms in France, particularly by promoting its achievements abroad; - Creating a catalog of existing training and promoting the creation of new training; - Communicating on topics and issues concerning smart grids in France, Europe and internationally.   To join the association or for information: thinksmartgrids     Press Contact: Martine Savary Tel.: +33 (0)6 64 25 66 59   Email:

French nuclear delegation to attend 7th edition of India Nuclear Energy Exhibition

Thomas ILHE - 15-sept.-2015 08:48:52
  The French pavilion at the India Nuclear Energy exhibition will host seventeen companies from the nuclear sector and two professional federations under the French pavilion organized by Business France at the INE 2015 exhibition. Besides attending the exhibition, they will meet key players like Larsen & Toubro, Areva and NPCIL.   The French nuclear sector is a cutting-edge industry with three major operators: Areva, EDF and Alstom. During the Indian Prime Ministers official visit to France in April 2015, considerable progress has been made on negotiations on the Jaitapur project. AREVA signed a Pre-engineering Agreement (PEA) with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with & Larsen & Toubro, to prepare for the EPR reactor licensibility in India and increase localization, within the frame of the “Make in India” policy. In addition to these major industrial operators, the French nuclear industry boasts a network of different types of suppliers offering special products and services. The French nuclear industry’s turnover is € 46 billion of which € 5.6 billion is the contribution from exports. It employs 220,000 people and France is the leader in Europe and has second position worldwide in terms of nuclear power generation (with 58 standardized reactors). The Indian government is increasingly introducing initiatives to accelerate the development of civil nuclear power, making the sector a key priority to meet the energy needs of the country with limited impact on the environment. Indias current annual output of nuclear generated power is 5.78 GW, which it aims to increase to 14.6 GW in 2020 and 63 GW in 2032. The country is therefore set to become the second biggest market for new reactors between 2015 and 2032. India also offers opportunities in terms of maintaining and extending the service life of its current capacity, most of which is Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). There are ample opportunities for French companies interested to work in the Indian nuclear market by developing their contacts and preparing their offer for the upcoming tenders. Since 2010, the French pavilion has the biggest and most visible international presence at the India Nuclear Energy exhibition organized by UBM. The French pavilion is set up in partnership with two federations: AIFEN (stand G45 - Association des Industriels Français Exportateurs du Nucléaire) representing over 300 companies and major French associations (GIIN, Nucleopolis, PFCE, PFME, PNB). These companies (from VSEs/SMEs to large groups) represent all links in the nuclear industry chain from fuel production to dismantling, engineering, technology, components, generation and research. They are involved in power generation, creating research reactors, science, medical applications and water propulsion. G.I.I.N. (stand G45 - Groupe Intersyndical de l ’ Industrie Nucléaire) is an association of professional federations and organizations involved in the nuclear industry. As a coordinator of professional organizations, G.I.I.N. is a representative body defending interests against operators and authorities, while also providing access to information on the industry. G.I.I.N. also enables people to attend collective actions (exhibitions, conferences, etc.) and facilitates access to markets in France and abroad. The following companies will be present in the 161 m² space of the French pavilion (Ground floor of the Nehru Centre) at the INE 2015 event:      Company Stand n° & Website Activity    BUSINESS FRANCE G-45 - French reception area Helping French companies export and foreign companies set up business in France      AREVA G51 - AREVA is a world leader in nuclear power. The group’s offer to utilities covers every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, reactor design and construction, and operating services.       APAVE G 45 - Inspection, Consultancy, Training, Engineering, Testing and Metrology . Works with L&T in India    CMR GROUP G30 - Provides solutions for sensors, wiring harnesses and instrumentation    DAHER VALVES G47 - Has developed a comprehensive and qualified range of nuclear valves offering a low radioactive dose level, a low maintenance cost and complying always with the highest safety requirements.    EDF G42 – The EDF Group is the world’s leading electricity company. Its business covers all electricity related activities, from Generation to networks and commerce.   GEORGIN G49 - Manufacturing and selling 2 products lines: pressure & temperature switches and transmitters adapted for harsh environments.   HYD & AU G33 - Supplier of hydraulic components, hydraulic cylinders, complete hydraulic solutions, provision of hydraulic services, electrical equipment boxes and automated systems, complete electrical installations, design and production of special machines.   JEUMONT ELECTRIC G50 - Jeumont Electrics offer for nuclear power plants comprises of supplying generators for emergency gensets, motors for reactor coolant pumps, motors for auxiliary or safety equipment and the services associated to those suppliers, originating from Jeumont Electric or other manufacturers.   JST TRANSFORMATEURS G45 - Experience in design, manufacturing, and maintenance of electric transformers   LATTY G32 - Designer and manufacturer of industrial sealing solutions (mechanical seals, mechanical packings, preformed packing rings, gaskets, GEM gaskets metal-to-metal contact) to be used in all segments of industrial activities.   MIRION TECHNOLOGIES G29 - Design and manufacture modular Electrical penetrations assemblies (EPA’s), which operate reliably over the sixty year design life of a reactor, while safety passing electrical circuits and optical fibers, through the reactor containment vessel wall and still maintaining its integrity during harsh environments.   NOVINTEC G45 – Manufacturer of components, modules and sub-systems, specified in a wide range of Aircraft; Helicopters, Space programmes, Formula 1 and Rally Teams, Nuclear and other Process Industries.   NUVIA G26 - (outside French Pavilion but will be part of the B2B program prior to the exhibition) Intervenes throughout nuclear facilities’ lifecycles, from construction to decommissioning including operation and maintenance, through the three fields of activities: engineering, services and works and products. Their activities cover civil engineering, mechanics, waste management, radiation protection including nuclear measurement, fire and flood protection.   REEL G48 - Designs, manufactures and services lifting & handling equipment needed for industrial activities in nuclear power, from uranium enrichment plant, fabrication of fuel, through power reactor construction & services to reprocessing plant and depository sites. REEL supplies fuel handling systems (FHS) for nuclear power plants, proposes all equipment as an integrated system dedicated to safe and efficient core loading/unloading operations.   SEGAULT G52 - Designs and manufactures valves answering extreme service conditions in nuclear petrochemical and also for aeronautical test benches.   STAÜBLI G45 - Offers a range of connection solutions for all fields within the nuclear industry. A highly safe, reliable couplings, multi-couplings and equipped hoses are designed for sensitive applications such as quick connection of fluid and electricity circuits, both manually and remotely, as well as energy supply, breathing air supply, filling and draining, contaminated fluid sampling and transfer of effluences.   WEIR G53 - WEIR, under brands SEBIM ™ & SARASIN-RSBD ™ , design and manufacture high performance nuclear valves, suitable for all types of nuclear reactors.   You may also find all the information regarding the French delegation prior to the exhibition on the mini website link below available in English and French. Please come and visit us on the French Pavilion to meet the representatives of the French delegation and learn more about their expertise. For further information: BUSINESS FRANCE (stand G45) Emmanuel GALLAND Nuclear Industry project manager Tel.: +33 (0)4 96 17 25 34 E-mail: Website: BUSINESS FRANCE (stand G45) Kushal SENGUPTA Trade Advisor (Industry & Cleantech) Tel.: +91-22-66 69 40 27 E-mail: Website:

Alstom to hire up to 1,000 engineers in India in 3-4 yrs

Thomas ILHE - 15-juin-2015 10:22:16
    Milan, Jun 14 (PTI) French engineering major Alstom plans to hire 200-250 engineers annually in India over the next 3-4 years as it looks to double business to 800 million euro (about Rs 5,700 crore) in the country.   "We love doing business in India. We are finding good business environment in India. We are looking at doubling the order book in the next three to four years. Currently, we have an order book of Euro 400 million," Alstom (Transport) President Henri Poupart-Lafarge told reporters here.   Speaking highly about the Modi governments Make In India initiative and the thrust on industrial corridors and smart cities, he said, business environment in the country has improved in the last one year.   Alstom, he said, is looking at increasing the skilled workforce in India to strengthen manufacturing and R&D capabilities and also to introduce the latest signalling systems for the metro rail projects.   The Indian arm of Alstom, he added, would be hiring about 200-250 engineers every year for the next three to four years depending on the growth in business.   The French company has about 800 engineers on its rolls presently in India.   Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom will bid for projects in the urban transport sector which is expected to witness rapid growth with more and more cities demanding metros services.   "There will be more demand for metros in different cities and also for expansion of the existing ones," he said, adding that the scope of work would increase substantially with the government developing smart cities.   "We are very much interested in smart cities...though there is no definition of smart cities as such, it does mean better life for people to work and live," he added.   On whether Alstom was worried about delay in passage of the land acquisition bill, Poupart-Lafarge said: "These are sensitive issues and every nation faces such problems. It is not something peculiar to India."   According to Jojo Alexander, Vice President-Business Development, Alstom Transport (Asia-Pacific Region), the company is keen to participate in the Dedicated Freight Corridor project, the largest railway infrastructure project currently in the country creating a freight quadrilateral across India.   "We have recently bid for the electrification and signalling package of the Khurja-Bhaupur (343 km) section of the Eastern Corridor and are optimistically awaiting the result. However, we cannot say much until the contract is formally awarded," he said.   As regards the main challenge faced by MNCs like Alstom in the metro business in India, Alexander said, is the lack of standardisation across metro projects.   "Presently the metro system in each city has its own specifications calling for unique solutions. The execution of metro projects could be faster and more cost-efficient if there are uniform standards. The efforts of the Ministry of Urban Development in this direction are welcome" he added.   India, he said, should also be looking at implementing modern light rail systems such as an elevated tramway as another mode of public transport.   "Light Rail will suit smaller towns and cities where the roads are narrower and passenger volumes are lower. They can also act as feeder networks for metros in large cities," he added.   Alstom is currently associated with metro rail projects in Delhi, Kochi, Jaipur, Chennai and Bangaluru. For Indian Railways, Alstom has provided the initial coaches and the technology for the LHB (lightweight all-metal) coaches used on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.  

Alstom Bharat Forge begins production at Sanand plant

Thomas ILHE - 27-mai-2015 08:21:50
  Alstom Bharat Forge Power Ltd, a joint venture of Frances Alstom and Bharat Forge, has commenced production at its new Rs 1,350-crore manufacturing facility at Sanand in Gujarat for making supercritical turbines and generators.   Set up over an area of 185,000 square meters, the site boasts of an annual capacity of 4000 MW and producing equipment for several major power projects in India, the company said in a statement here.   Alstom holds 51 per cent share in the joint venture while Bharat Forge holds the remaining 49 per cent.   The factory employs more than 250 highly skilled manpower and plans are afoot to ramp it up to 650 in the near future.   "The start of production at Sanand in a record time of 17 months, after the first excavation works, were kicked off in November 2013 and is a major construction and commissioning achievement in greenfield manufacturing facilities.   "The manufacturing facility incorporates stringent manufacturing processes and practices to ensure high level of reliability, performance and quality for the goods supplied out of the factory," the statement said.   The first production from the new plant will be related to major power projects in India with the first deliveries planned in current calendar year, it said.   Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd, said, "The commencement of operations of the facility in Gujarat is the first of many milestones for the Joint Venture and we believe it will be a cornerstone in the Make In India initiative of the Government of India. This reaffirms our commitment to strengthening Indias infrastructure backbone in the years ahead."   Alain Spohr, CEO & Managing Director, Alstom-Bharat Forge Power Ltd, said, "Alstom and Bharat Forge are delighted to be announcing the commencement of operations at its manufacturing facility in Gujarat and support the Indian Governments vision to promote supercritical and ultra-supercritical technology."   Alstoms supercritical technology uses steam with very high temperatures and pressure, resulting in a much higher efficiency than conventional subcritical coal-fired plants.   This means that a supercritical unit burns much less coal, generating less emission per megawatt of power output.   Alstom is already engaged in the evolution towards ultra-supercritical technology, with 10 ultra-supercritical units operating worldwide. Such machines, manufactured in Sanand, are now offered by ABFPL for future Indian power projects, the statement added. Source: PTI
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