Western Dedicated Freight Corridor under construction.

INDIA: Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp of India has awarded a consortium of Japanese firm Sojitz Corp and local partner Larsen & Toubro a ¥50bn contract to supply and install 2 x 25 kV 50 Hz electrification equipment on the 915 km Rewari – Vadodara section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.

The 1 483 km Western DFC linking Delhi and Mumbai is being developed using a Japanese Official Development Assistance loan which requires the uses of Japanese technologies. As a result, Japanese products account for around 40% of the order, including cables and equipment for the 16 substations on the section.

The contract announced on November 19 is the second for Sojitz and L&T, following a 2013 order covering civil engineering and track works on the 626 km Rewari – Iqbalgarh section of the Western DFC.

Sojitz said it has put India at the core of its railway business, and ‘plans to take a proactive stance’ towards future urban and high speed rail projects in the country.

  • Bhupender Singh Bodh, General Manager, Electrical, at Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp of India Ltd describes the use of autotransformers for the DFC electrification in the November 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International.