EuroMaint Modernises Train Converters for Jernbaneverket Bane Energi

Euromaint is refurbishing and modernising three train converters on behalf of the Norwegian company Jernbaneverket Bane Energi.

The Norwegian company Jernbaneverket Bane Energi has once again demonstrated its trust in Euromaint Rail by awarding it the contract to refurbish and modernise two 5.8 MVA Q38/Q39 converters and one 10 MVA Q48/Q49 converter. Euromaint is responsible for the entire contract, which includes refurbishing the converters in its workshops, commissioning them on site in the converter stations and all the related logistics.

New Convertors Require Less Maintenance

“We are pleased that Jernbaneverket has shown its confidence in Euromaint Rail by giving us this project. When the work is finished, they will have three modern converters in their converter stations which require less maintenance than before,” says Lelle Cryssanthander, marketing manager for business area Components at Euromaint.

After being refurbished, the converters will be equipped with a modern PLC-based control system and brushless exciters, among other things. This means that less maintenance will be required in the converter stations, while at the same time the intervals between major overhauls can be extended. As a result, the maintenance costs paid by Jernbaneverket Bane Energi will be reduced and the reliability of their converters will be increased.

“Euromaint has completed projects for us in the past and we were happy with the work they did. Our machinery is in a better condition than it was previously and its reliability has improved over recent years. This, combined with a quotation which was attractive in terms of both the price and the quality, led us to choose Euromaint as the supplier for this contract,” says Roy Tore Oppegaard, contract project manager at Jernbaneverket Bane Energi.

The work began in May 2013 and is being carried out at Euromaint’s component workshop in Åmål. The planned completion date is April 2014.

For more information, contact:

EuroMaint Rail:
Anne-Catherine Worth, Head of Communications, +46 7600 200 57, [email protected] Jernbaneverket Bane Energi:
Lars Kr. Bjørløw, Senior Contracts Advisor, +47 917 38 509, [email protected]
Roy Tore Oppegaard, Project Manager, +47 415 94 009, [email protected]

Train converters in brief:

Train converters provide the overhead lines with a power supply of 16 2/3 Hz and 16.5 kV and are strategically located along the rail tracks. The converters consist of a converter wagon with a 50 Hz motor and a generator which supplies 16 2/3 Hz, together with an instrument wagon. The instrument wagon contains a control room, monitoring equipment, protection systems, transformers and regulators used to control the train converter.

Euromaint provides advanced technical maintenance to meet its customers’ requirements for well-functioning rolling stock fleets. The company’s products and services guarantee the reliability and service life of track-mounted vehicles,

such as freight wagons, passenger trains, locomotives and work machines. Euromaint has a turnover of around SEK 2.5 billion and approximately 2,400 employees (2012). The company has businesses in Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, the Netherlands and Germany. Euromaint is owned by Ratos, one of Europe’s largest listed holding companies.

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