Siemens bags Rs.165 crore IGI airport contract

June 20th, 2011 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Global electronics equipment manufacturer Siemens’ Indian subsidiary Monday said it has bagged an order worth Rs.165 crore from Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) for installing high-end equipment at the integrated cargo complex at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

The contract was awarded to Siemens by Delhi Cargo Services Centre (DCSC), which is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of DIAL and Cargo Service Centre India Pvt Ltd.

“We will use our extensive global experience and proven state-of-the-art technology to enable DCSC to provide highly-efficient and reliable cargo handling services,” said Tilakraj Seth, vice president and head of the mobility division, Siemens Limited.

According to Seth, the company would outfit the main terminal T1 with air cargo handling solution (MHS) which will include automatic storage and retrieval system, cargo workstation, all managed and controlled by high-level IT systems.

In terms of high-end automation, the company would install elevating transfer vehicles (ETV), transfer vehicles (TV), shuttles and hoists for fast movement of loading devices.

These solutions minimise engineering expenditures, commissioning times and service costs, Seth said.

Meanwhile, DCSC said that it expects an exponential growth in cargo traffic at the IGI airport.

“We expect huge growth in cargo volumes and traffic, and such a reliable and high-performance cargo handling equipment will help respond to this demand,” Radharamanan Panicker, managing director, DCSC.

DCSC further said that in a span of four years, the new mechanised handling system will allow T1 to be largely automated in operations with a capacity to handle more than 600,000 tonnes of cargo annually.

“Siemens will also maintain the system for a period of 2 years. The total investment in the MHS will be to the tune of Euro 37 million out of which the initial order to Siemens is for Euro 27 million,” DCSC said in a statement.

Currently, over 300 airports worldwide use Siemens logistics systems.

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