ABB awarded $19 million traction transformer contract

ABB has received a $19 million contract to design and manufacture 110 traction transformers that will be used on Italy’s high-speed ETR 500 train.

ABB has received a $19 million contract for traction transformers that will be used on Italy’s high-speed ETR 500 train. The ETR 500 will operate on a new railway line running between Milan and Rome.

Under terms of the contract, ABB will design and manufacture 110 traction transformers for the TREVI consortium, the supplier of the ETR 500 to Trenitalia, the Italian national railways’ passenger-transport company.

The transformers will have a power rating of 6 MVA, weigh 6 tonnes and be capable of running on 25 kV/50 Hz or 3 kV DC power supply systems.

Able to run at speeds of 300 km/h, the ETR 500 train will be the most modern and fastest in Italy, and it is planned that they will eventually also be routed to Paris.

Delivery of the traction transformers will be made in two stages, with 50 units delivered in 2004 and the remaining portion delivered in 2005. ABB in Geneva will be responsible for engineering and production of the equipment.

This is ABB’s second recent power technology contract for a high-speed railway, with a previous $ 26.4 million contract for the power distribution system for Section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.