Railway Electirification for SAIL

Cimechel is helping the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) to save fuel costs in their freight operations for their Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha, India



The Rourkela Steel Plant of SAIL has a railroad within its 100 square kilometers of factory premises to transport the steel produce and crude transport. To power the freight trains, the plant uses coal as the source of energy. This solution would result in crores of rupees spent in fuel costs.  These non-electrified railway sidings meant  annual losses of up to Rs 600 Million to SAIL, owing to excessive fuel costs.


Cimechel Electric Co. is presently in the process of providing turnkey electrification solutions to help SAIL overcome this problem. This includes

  • Tramway Overhead Electrification of Railway Sidings and associated yards from Bandamunda to RSP (80 Track Km)
  • Construction of 132 KV/25 KV Traction Sub Station, 3 Nos. of Sub Sectioning and Paralleling Posts,
  • A 132 KV Grid Sub Station at RSP, underground laying of 16 Km of 66 KV copper cable and,
  • An underground laying of 1.2 Km of 132 KV Aluminium Cable.


Electrification of Railway sidings would allow RSP to completely shift operations of freight wagons from fossil fuel power to electric power. This is expected to enable RSP to cut down on freight and operational costs significantly.

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