ABB to power new railway line in Africa
Switzerland, Zurich: ABB has won orders worth around $16 million to supply traction substations and auxiliary power supply for a new rail corridor in Ethiopia.
The contract was awarded by Yapı Merkezi Construction and Industry Inc..The Awash-Kombolcha-Weldia line is part of a five-year growth and transformation plan being implemented by the Ethiopian Government to provide efficient mobility, facilitate trade and strengthen the economy. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.
ABB will design and supply engineered equipment packages for five 230/25 kV traction substations, eight section posts and about 30 auxiliary substations. Key products to be supplied include traction transformers rated at 25 MVA, a range of high and medium-voltage switchgear, power factor correction (PFC) transformers, FSK II+ railway circuit breakers and auxiliary power supply equipment.
The 400 km Awash-Kombolcha-Weldia railway line will connect the northern and eastern traffic corridors of Ethiopia via Kombolcha and Weldia/Hara Gebeya in the north. The line will also connect to the line linking Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to the port of Djibouti.