Railway power

ABB has won a $31 million contract for equipment and services as part of a programme to upgrade the power supply of Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line.


ABB has won a $31 million contract from the UK’s National Grid Transco (NGT) for equipment and services as part of a programme to upgrade the power supply of Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line (WCML).


NGT owns and operates the high voltage electrical transmission system in England and Wales. Network Rail controls the UK’s rail infrastructure.


One of Europe’s busiest railways, WCML serves 16 million people with more than 2,000 passenger and freight trains across 1,000 kilometres of track each day.


The new 25-0-25 kilovolt rail supply stations will allow Network Rail to upgrade trackside power supplies to the 50-kilovolt system required for high-speed rail services commonly used on mainland Europe.


ABB will provide two new 400/25 kV connection points and two remotely located 25 kV substations. The contract also includes two ABB supergrid transformers, switchgear and cabling, together with advanced substation protection and automation systems. There is also an option for the provision of design/engineering and procurement of long lead time equipment.