Passenger Rail, Technology and IT

ABB wins Gold Coast Light Rail substations contract

Substation Photo GoldLinQ Consortium

Swiss technology business ABB has been awarded a three-year deal to provide maintenance to the six traction substations it delivered to the Gold Coast Light Rail project in 2014.

Under the new deal, ABB will provided supervision services for six medium-voltage DC traction substations for KDR Gold Coast, the light rail network’s operator.

“This tailored service approach and expert support means KDR Gold Coast can rely on ABB as their specialist service provider,” ABB Australia general manager Axel Kuhr said.

“Combining more than 100 years of innovation and experience in the substation domain and rail sector allows us to maximise power availability and keep operating costs as low as possible for our customers.”

Gold Coast Light Rail’s six substations are rated at 11kV AC / 750V DC, and are housed in transportable outdoor buildings with key technologies integrated.

ABB said it will utilise diagnostic and repair practices to provide 24 hour support with a guaranteed response-time, annual preventative maintenance and diagnosis.

The substations were designed, manufactured and commissioned by ABB in 2014 as part of an earlier contract.