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ABB wins substations order for a new light rail network in Australia

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article image An artist’s impression of a Gold Coast Light Rail Station (image courtesy: GoldLinQ)

Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from Bombardier Transportation to build six new medium-voltage substations for the new Gold Coast Light Rail project.  

The traction substations will power Queensland’s new rapid transit network. The Gold Coast Light Rail project is the first light rail public transportation system being built in Queensland.  

The GoldLinQ consortium is delivering Stage One of the Gold Coast Light Rail, which will carry passengers along the 13km light rail corridor from the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University (Health and Knowledge precinct) to the fast growing commercial, retail and recreational centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.  

The corridor will include 16 stations and will be serviced by 14 new 45m light rail vehicles. Passenger services are scheduled to commence in 2014 and the project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 114,000 tons over the first ten years of operation.  

ABB will provide Bombardier Transportation with the design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of the traction substations for this turnkey project.  

ABB will construct six traction substations rated at 11 kV AC/ 750V DC for the first stage of the light rail project. Comprising of a transportable outdoor building equipped with advanced technologies, the substations will be pre-assembled and pre-tested in the factory.  

The substations will integrate rectifiers, DC switchgear, SafePlus medium-voltage switchgear, dry-type rectifier and auxiliary transformers, leakage current monitoring systems and auxiliary equipment. The transformers will step down the voltage from the public grid and the rectifiers will convert AC into DC to power the light rail vehicles.  

Features such as completely enclosed busbars to prevent accidental contact will enhance operational safety.  

According to Axel Kuhr, country manager for ABB in Australia, the technologies will facilitate efficient distribution of electricity to ensure reliable operation and high performance of the new rapid transit system.  

Substations are key installations in the power grid that facilitate the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. ABB is the world’s leading supplier of air- and gas-insulated substations covering a range of voltage levels up to 1,100 kV.  

ABB has considerable expertise in providing innovative solutions for the rail industry. As a leading supplier of products, systems and services for rail infrastructure and rolling stock serving modern, conventional and high-speed rail applications, ABB has provided AC and DC traction substations and railway electrification solutions for the rail industry to provide reliable power for mainline trains, metros and mass transit networks.   

ABB Australia represents the ABB Group in Australia.

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