First prototype train of Mumbai Metro 3 trial run to begin soon; Racks dispatched from Alstom plant at Sri City

Source: Financial Express, 18 July 2022

The much-awaited trial run of the underground Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) is going to start soon. The first two cars of a prototype train are to be dispatched from the Alstom trains fabricating plant situated in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The new Maharashtra government has taken the decision to relocate the Metro 3 car shed from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg overturning the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA regime’s decision. The Urban Development department has initiated proceedings to remove the stay on construction of Metro-3 car shed in Aarey, as per sources.

The cars of the Metro prototype trains, which were prepared for almost a year, were not brought to the city because of the inaccessibility to the Metro car shed. It is now set to reach Mumbai within the next 8-12 days.

As per MMRCL Official, the Mumbai Metro Line-3 project, the two cars that are part of a prototype Metro train, have a total of 8 metro cars, were loaded in the trailers on Sunday from Alstom’s manufacturing facility. It will be dispatched to Mumbai at any moment.

The process will take around 8 to 12 days for the trailers to reach Mumbai then they will be assembled at the temporary facility centre (temporary Metro car shed) at Aarey. Then, the trial run can begin among Marol and Maroshi as expected. He further added that all parts of the prototype trains are likely to reach Mumbai around August 15 after which the testing of the Metro can be started. The train will be tested on various parameters including speed, emergency break, oscillation, distance during 10,000km test runs etc. The trial could go on for over three-six months, he added.

Due to the delays in the project, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) is now planning to complete the first phase by January 2024 and the second in one-and-a-half years provided the issue surrounding the construction of the Metro car shed is now resolved. The second phase of the project from Colaba to BKC is expected to be completed by mid-2025.

CMRL phase-2 contract worth Rs 1021 crore awarded to L&T

Source: Metro Rail News, 23 June 2022

CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): The Contract for the construction of an Elevated Corridor from Nehru Nagar to Sholinganallur for a length of 10 km Viaduct with 10 Metro Stations under Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase-II has been awarded to M/s. L&T recently at an estimated cost of Rs.1021 crores.

This alignment passes through Old Mahabalipuram Road having major IT Hubs and other Commercial Establishments. The stretch passes through 3 major intersections namely Perungudi, Thoraipakkam, and Sholinganallur. At Okkiam Thoraippakkam, Stabling Lines and Crossovers are planned for connectivity to other Corridors. At Okkiam Maduvu, CMRL is constructing portal structures to accommodate the future elevated expressway of TNRDC.

The Contract Commencement meeting between CMRL, General Consultants and Contractor (M/s. L&T) was conducted on 22nd June. The meeting was presided over by Managing Director Thiru MA. Siddique, L.A.S., Director Projects. Thiru. T. Archunan, Thiru. Livingstone, CGM (PP&D), Tmt Rekha Prakash, CGM (PD) and other officials of CMRL were present during the meeting along with GC Officials.

KEC International secures orders worth Rs 1,092 cr

Source:  Metro Rail News, 22 June 2022

DELHI (Metro Rail News): KEC International has informed that they have secured new orders worth Rs 1,092 crore across its various businesses. The company has secured orders for transmission & distribution (T&D) projects in India, the Middle East and the Americas and received an order for 2 x 25 kilovolt (kV) overhead electrification (OHE) & associated works for speed upgradation (Mission ‘Raftaar’) in India.

KEC also won orders in the residential, industrial and defence segments in India. It has also secured orders for various types of cables in India and overseas.

Vimal Kejriwal, MD & CEO of KEC International said, “The orders in T&D have enhanced our order book in both domestic and international markets. Our Railway business has further consolidated its presence in emerging/new areas, with the order in the semi high-speed rail under Mission ‘Raftaar.’ The Civil business continues to be on a high growth trajectory, with consistent order inflows across segments, especially metals & mining and realty.”

KEC International is a global infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) major, having a presence in the verticals of power transmission and distribution, railways, civil, urban infrastructure, solar, smart infrastructure, oil & gas pipelines, and cables.

JMC Projects secures orders worth Rs 874 crore

Source:  Metro Rail News, 22 June 2022

DELHI (Metro Rail News): JMC Projects (India) has secured two new orders of Rs 874 crore. The first order is for the construction of an elevated viaduct & five elevated stations of the Kanpur Metro Rail Project of Rs 459 crore and another order is for civil works for a Data Centre and B&F Projects in India of Rs 415 crore.

JMC Projects, a subsidiary of Kalpataru Power Transmission, is India’s one of the leading contracting company. The company is mainly engaged in the construction of industrial and residential buildings and also power and infrastructure development projects.

Metro projects to create Rs 80,000-cr business opportunities in future

Source: Metro Rail News, 22 June 2022

NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The domestic metro rail projects will provide business opportunities worth Rs 80,000 crore for construction companies over the next five years, according to ICRA.

In India, currently, 15 cities have operational metro networks of about 746 km (many of which are undertaking expansion), ICRA said adding another seven cities have under-implementation metro projects of about 640 km.

This is apart from 1,400 km of metro rail projects worth Rs 2 trillion in the approval/proposal stages, of which a 352-km of new metro network has been approved, with the balance being in the proposal stage.

Metro rail projects offer Rs 80,000 crore business opportunities to construction firms over the next five years, the statement said.

“Given the government’s thrust for infrastructure development, the metro rail network is likely to witness 2.7 times expansion in the next five years.

“Typically, the metro rail development cost ranges between Rs 280-320 crore/km for elevated metro and the cost could be much higher in the case of an underground metro network,” Abhishek Gupta, Sector Head & Assistant Vice President, Corporate Ratings, ICRA, said.

Civil construction forms 35-45 per cent of the overall cost, he added. Given the large size of the metro projects, this is likely to offer sizeable opportunities for construction companies over the next five years.

Total to acquire 25% in Adani arm

Source: Financial Express, 15 June 2022

Adani Enterprises and TotalEnergies of France on Tuesday entered into a partnership to set up the world’s largest green hydrogen and associated infrastructure at an investment of $50 billion over the next ten years. The development sharpens competition with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, which also has big plans around green hydrogen.

As part of the alliance, TotalEnergies will acquire 25% stake in Adani New Industries (ANIL) from Adani Enterprises, and provide their technological and financial expertise to the partnership. The value of the deal was not disclosed by the two entities.

The announcement saw Adani Enterprises shares closing up 5.53% at `2,196.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
This is the fourth deal struck between the two entities in a span of last three years. In 2019, Total had bought a 37.4% stake in Adani Gas – now Adani Total Gas – and last year, it spent $2.5 billion acquiring 20% of Adani Green Energy, and a 50% stake in a portfolio of solar assets.

TotalEnergies understanding of the global and European markets, along with its credit enhancement and financial strengths, will help the Adani firm secure low cost financing. Adanis, on the other hand will provide their rapid execution, operational and capital management strengths to the partnership.
The aim is to produce 1 million tonne per annum of green hydrogen before 2030 at lowest cost to the consumers.

Adani New Industries, the partnership firm, aims to be the largest fully integrated green hydrogen player in the world, with presence across the entire value chain, from the manufacturing of renewables and green hydrogen equipment (solar panels, wind turbines, electrolysers, etc), to large scale generation of green hydrogen, to downstream facilities producing green hydrogen derivatives.

Adani had, in November last year, stated that his group will invest $70 billion in the new energy space of the next decade. This included Adani Green Energy (AGEL), the world’s largest solar power developer, investing $20 billion to develop a 2 GW per year solar module manufacturing capacity by 2022-23.

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that, when consumed in a fuel cell, produces only water. Hydrogen can be produced from a variety of resources, such as natural gas, nuclear power, biomass, and renewable power like solar and wind. It can be used as transportation fuel for cars, as well as for producing portable power.

Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Group said, the partnership has a great strategic value to the business and the ambition to become the world’s largest green hydrogen player. It will also allow the partners to shape the market demand through research and development, market reach and an understanding of the end consumer.

“This is why I find the continued extension of our partnership to hold such great value. Our confidence in our ability to produce the world’s least expensive electron is what will drive our ability to produce the world’s least expensive green hydrogen. This partnership will open up a number of exciting downstream pathways,” Adani said.

Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies said the partnership is a major milestone in implementing the renewable and low carbon hydrogen strategy. The company plans to not only decarbonise the hydrogen used in their European refineries by 2030, but also start the mass production of green hydrogen to meet the demand, as the market will take off by the end of this decade.

“…This future production capacity of 1 million tonne per annum of green hydrogen will be a major step in increasing TotalEnergies’ share of new decarbonised molecules including biofuels, biogas, hydrogen, and e-fuels to 25% of its energy production and sales by 2050.”

“The partnership helps India in its quest to build the fundamental pillars of economic sustainability by driving decarbonisation of industry, power generation, mobility, and agriculture thereby mitigating climate change, and ensuring energy independence,” an Adani Enterprises statement said.

Land acquisition for Pune-Nashik high-speed rail to start soon as MRIDCL submits revised railway alignment

Source: Metrorailnews.in, 06 June 2022

PUNE (Metro Rail News): The land acquisition in Khed tehsil which was put on hold is expected to start again as the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDCL) has now submitted a revised railway track alignment plan for the proposed Pune-Nashik high-speed train. The decision was taken after the defence department asked for some changes in the detailed project report (DPR) as previously it was passing through an explosive destruction facility of the army.

MRIDCL conducted the first joint survey on March 11, 2022, after which a joint meeting with MRIDCL officials was held on March 16, 2022. In this meeting, MRIDCL officials understood the need to change the alignment as the demolition activities carried out on the army facility posed danger to the proposed railway alignment. A fresh proposal was then submitted with the revised railway track alignment on April 19, 2022 after the second joint inspection was held on April 18, 2022.

The 235 km Pune-Nashik railway line will pass through the Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts. The train can run at a speed of 200 km per hour therefore the distance between Pune and Nashik will be reduced to one hour and 45 minutes. The semi high-speed rail will connect the industrial zones of Pune and Nashik such as Hadapsar, Wagholi, Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar, Narayangaon, Sinnar and Satpur.

According to the officials, the government is offering five times the pre-calculated values for acquiring land from the owners while 2.5 times the assessment amount will be paid for building as well as other construction. Of the 54 villages in Pune district, the measuring work of 40 villages has been completed. The district administration has also started the process of purchasing the land.

Pune Metro completes 12 Km Underground Metro Tunnelling Work by TBM

Source: Metrorailnews.in, 31 May 2022

Pune (Metro Rail News): The last leg of tunnelling from Swargate to Budhwar Peth underground stretch of the Pune metro project was completed on 4th June 2022. The TBM Mula II achieved a breakthrough at Budhwar Peth metro station. It had started digging on 5th September 2021 from Swargate crossed Mandai, and completed the 2.025 km tunnel digging work at Budhwar Peth in approximately 10 months. This milestone achieved by Pune metro signifies completion of the 100% tunnelling work of the total 12km underground tunnel length.

Pune metro has two corridors with a total length of 33.2kms. One from Vanaz to Ramwadi which is an elevated line and the other from PCMC to Swargate which is elevated from PCMC to Agriculture college and thereafter underground up to Swargate. The underground section is about 6 km and this stretch has Shivaji Nagar, Civil Court, Budhwar Peth, Mandai, and Swargate underground metro stations.
The underground section comprises of two paralle tunnel for up and down metro train. For the 6 km tunnelling work three TBM were used. These Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) have been named after the rivers in Pune viz. Mula, Mutha, and Pavana. The Tunnelling done by these TBMs is:

TBMFromTo
MuthaAgriculture CollegeBudhwar Peth
Mula- IAgriculture CollegeBudhwar Peth
PavanaSwargateBudhwar Peth
Mula- II
(Mula- I has been reused and names as Mula-II)
SwargateBudhwar Peth

When the TBM finishes the tunnelling work and arrives at a station shaft, the event is termed as a, Breakthrough.  The present event is the last breakthrough in the Pune metro. In the past, 5 breakthroughs were seen, the details are given below.

Breakthrough Details  (mm/dd/yy)
Sr.NoLocationUp Line Date
1Civil Court9/28/2020
2Budhwar Peth7/23/2021
3Budhwar Peth 

The underground stretch is a very challenging and crucial part of the Pune metro project. M/s Tata-Gulermark, the underground stretch contractor for Pune metro has done a commendable work. Due to the technical expertise and sound project management the tunnelling work is completed without any trouble. Since the tunnel work is completed, it has paved way for track, signalling and traction work.

On this final breakthough, Dr Brijesh Dixit, MD Maha Metro said, “The tunnelling work of Pune Metro was done with utmost precision and world-class technology. This final breakthrough marks the completion of the 12km tunnel line and it is a very proud moment for Maha metro. Without the active support of the citizens of Pune and administrative bodies, the work on the underground stretch of the Pune Metro project wouldn’t have been achieved swiftly and successfully. MAHA Metro is committed to complete the work in time”.

Medha Servo and Swiss Stadler Rail signs MoU to set up Rail Coach Unit in Telangana

Source: Metrorailnews.in, 31 May 2022

TELANGANA (Metro Rail News): Stradler Rail has decided to set up a Rail Coach Manufacturing facility in Telangana and it will be a hoint venture between Medha Servo Drives Pvt Ltd and Swiss railway rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail. The project will cost around Rs 1,000 crore.

Stadler Rail Executive Vice President Ansgard Brockmeyer and the Principal Secretary for ITE&C, Government of Telangana, Jayesh Ranjan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Minister KT Rama Rao in the Telangana Pavilion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

According to the MoU the company is going to invest Rs 1,000 crore in the Rail Coach manufacturing facility which will create around 2,500 jobs for youngsters. people from across the state.

Minister KT Rama Rao welcomed the Stadler Rail Company for coming forward to set up their railway coach production facility in the southern state of Telangana. KTR also said that the investment further cements Telangana’s position as a global investment destination.

Terratec delivers first EPBM, to be used by Tata Projects for CMRL’s phase-2

Source: Metrorailnews.in, 01 June 2022

NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Terratec has announced the delivery of the first of five 6.61m diameter Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Boring Machines (EPBMs) that will be used by Tata Projects Ltd. for its underground works contracts on Chennai Metro Rail Phase-II Corridors India, following successful factory testing of the S96 machine this month.

The new TBMs will be used by contractor Tata Projects Ltd. on Chennai Metro Rail tunnelling contract for Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) to build Phase 2 – Corridor 3, from Venugopal Nagar Station to Kellys Station. The work involves the construction of 18 kms of bored tunnels. TERRATEC will provide five of the seven TBMs required for the package.

TERRATEC Mixed Ground EPBMs have been chosen to tackle this project because of the variable geological conditions (boreholes indicate sand, silt, clay on the tunnel drives with some weathered rock). The expected “mixed ground” will be dealt with by the TBM’s mixed-face dome-style cutterheads designed to work effectively in the geology on these contracts at pressures of up to 4 bar. Other features include VFD electric cutterhead drives, tungsten carbide soft ground cutting tools that are interchangeable with 17’’ roller disc cutters, high torque screw conveyors, active articulation systems and state-of-the-art guidance and control systems.

As the TBMs progress, they will install 1,400mm wide by 275mm thick universal reinforced concrete lining rings consisting of five segments plus a key.

Chennai Metro is the fourth longest metro system in India. The network currently consists of two lines covering a length of 54.65 kilometres. The new Line 5 of Chennai metro will have 48 stations and connect from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur. The project is anticipated to be completed in about four years.

In recent years, Terratec has emerged as the leading TBM supplier in the Indian market, having supplied 40 TBMs in the last nine years (more than all other TBM manufacturers combined over the same period). Terratec’s continuing success on projects such as Phase III of the Delhi Metro, Lucknow Metro, the Ahmadabad Metro, Pune Metro and Mumbai Metro is a result of tailor-made robust TBM design, prompt onsite assistance, readily available stock of TBM spares and highly-skilled specialised TBM support throughout tunnelling operations.