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Metal One to Deliver Rails for Sojitz’s Indian Rail Freight Project From Value One, Spring 2017 No. 56
Metal One will be delivering 100,000 tonnes of railway rails manufactured in Japan for the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (Western DFC) project between Delhi and Mumbai in India that Sojitz Corporation is a part of. Added to the initial order for 160,000 tonnes for the project’s first half in 2013, this is a major project totaling 260,000 tonnes. The dedicated freight rail line being constructed between Delhi and Mumbai has a total length of around 1,500 kilometers. Along with the section whose order has already been filled, Sojitz’s order total represents one of the largest yen loan projects in history at over ¥350 billion.

Working together with India’s largest general contractor and engineering firm, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Sojitz obtained an order in 2013 from the state-run Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India for Packages 1 and 2 of the Western DFC’s first phase. Along with laying track on the 626-kilometer section from Rewari in India’s northern state of Haryana to Iqbalgarh in western Gujarat, the consortium is handling such things as ancillary civil engineering work and construction of station buildings and bridges. Metal One has delivered around 130,000 tonnes of Japan-made rail up to now as required.

Additionally, with Sojitz obtaining new track construction orders for the project—Package 3R for the 289 kilometers between Iqbalgarh and Vadodara, and Package 14 for the 125 kilometers between Dadri in Delhi’s outskirts and Rewari—Metal One will be delivering a total of 100,000 tonnes of rail for the project.

The series of large projects in India stretches beyond freight rail lines. The plans of the Indian and Japanese governments include the construction of high-speed rail lines using Japan’s Shinkansen formula. The Metal One Group will be joining hands with Sojitz to focus our energies on rail infrastructure projects in India.

(International Infrastructure Business Department)



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