New Delhi: Notwithstanding the the global economic uncertainity due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Naveen Jindal-led JSPL has bagged an order from France for supply of Rail blooms.

JSPL got the contract to supply 12,000 tonnes of special grade Rail Blooms to France Rail Hayange of France.

The 12,000 tonnes special grade Rail Blooms export order to France is valued at around Rs 50 crore. With this, JSPL has come to be acknowledged as one of the regular suppliers to France Railways. Similarly, Britain and Australia have expressed interest and they are expected to place orders as well.

JSPL, the only private-sector company to manufacture Head-Hardened Rails, recently bagged a 2308 tonnes supply order from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) for development of  Kolkata Metro Corporation.

JSPL MD V R Sharma said, “This is entirely due to the company’s policies and initiatives towards nation-building. Under the visionary leadership of Naveen Jindal, JSPL is trying to put in action prime minister Narendra Modi’s and union steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s mantra to substantially increase exports.”

“JSPL believes in innovation and is undertaking multiple experiments successfully in the rail sector. He added that after the Rail Freight Corridor and increasing demands for Metro Rails, JSPL has got a certification from RDSO, and started the production of 1080 Head-Hardened Heat-Treated Grade Rails. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited has placed an order of 2308-tonnes Rails of this series”, added Sharma.

“In the light of Railway’s requirements, JSPL will now manufacture R 260 Grade rails. These rails have carriage capacities of 75 ton per wagon, as compared to 64 ton per wagon for ordinary rails. Head hardened rails are typically used in metro rail projects and high-speed freight corridors, which require maximum durability against wear and material fatigue caused by escalating train frequencies, high acceleration and deceleration, abrupt braking and higher axle loads. Head hardening technology entails a special heat treatment process that requires precise temperature control to achieve nearly 50 percent higher hardness as compared to a normal rail.”