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India: L&T Construction Consortium Win Western DFC Contract

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L&T Construction Consortium Win Western DFC Contract

A consortium comprised of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) and Sojitz Corp. have signed a 164.8million contract with the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL).

The Railways Unit, a part of the Transportation Infrastructure Business of L&T Construction, has won the order to design and construct the electrification works for a 422km segment of the western Dedicated freight corridor, running from Vadodara in Gujarat to JNPT in Maharashtra. The programme of works will be carried out using cutting-edge mechanised OHE installation, making it uniquely energy efficient in India. It is scheduled to be completed in 42 months.

L&T is already undertaking electrification works of the 915km Rewari Vadodara Section of the corridor. These two projects together are one of the largest-scale rail electrification projects in the world, totalling 1337km of route and 3000km of track.

The Vadodara JNPT section will be fitted with 2×25 kV traction power systems with high-rise Overhead Equipment (OHE) to accommodate double stack freight containers. The works will require the construction of seven traction substations (TSS), one of which will be GIS based, 40 switching stations SCADA works at 12 stations and the construction of an operational control centre. In addition, traction power transformers, auto transformers and copper conductors must also be imported from Japan.

The project is financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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