Image Courtesy of Queensland Rail and ABB
ABB has been contracted to upgrade the Wulkuraka feeder station to maintain traction power supply for Queensland Rail’s expansion plans.
The New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Project is the key component of a public transport expansion plan that will see the states’ train fleet increased significantly to match the ever growing demand for rail services in south-east Queensland. Construction of 75 six-car train fleet has already began in Qtectic. The first train fleet is scheduled for delivery in late 2015 and will undergo further testing before being put into service from mid-2016. The remaining fleet will be rolled out progressively until 2018.
Expansion of the train fleet requires increased train maintenance capacity, and a new purpose-built NGR maintenance centre is under maintenance in Wulkuraka. Within this centre, due to be complete in 2016, the fleet will be serviced, maintained and repaired.
ABB was awarded the Wulkuraka feeder station upgrade project by the local rail operator Queensland Rail. The upgraded traction feeder station will provide traction power to the new purpose-built maintenance centre and the associated rolling stock on the main line and within the service centre.
As part of the feeder station upgrade project, ABB will provide a complete turnkey solution, which includes a static frequency converter (SFC), modular switch room with gas-insulated medium voltage switchgear, civil works, installation commissioning and a two-year service contract. The feeder substation is scheduled to be completed by the 3Q 2015 and will be the first 3AC 50Hz – 1AC 50Hz (hertz) rail SFC connected at 110kV, constructed by ABB.
ABBs SFC PCS 6000 will achieve greater power unity on the rail corridors power network, and filter any harmonic disturbances, thus greatly simplifying harmonic compliance requirements set by the electrical grid operator.
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