ABB to power Bangalore metro

ABB has won an order worth $115 million from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation to provide power solutions for the planned metro network in Bangalore, India's leading technology hub.

It is a turnkey project for the first phase of the Bangalore mass rapid transport system (MRTS), which comprises two main lines covering 42km and serving 41 stations. About one fifth of the network will be underground. ABB will design, supply, install and commission four substations that receive and distribute electricity, each rated at 66/33kV, as well as the auxiliary and traction substations.

Products to be supplied include transformers, capacitors, relays and the associated cables and switchgear. ABB will also provide an integrated network management, or SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition), system to monitor and control the installations.

Bangalore's population has grown significantly in recent years, to about 7 million, as the economy and businesses have expanded and created new jobs. The urban population is expected to rise to more than 8.5 million by 2011.

"ABB technologies will help provide a reliable and efficient supply of power to the Bangalore metro," said Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division. "This urban rail project will bring relief to millions of local commuters in one of India's fastest growing cities and help ease the city's acute traffic congestion."

In India, ABB technologies are already helping to power the Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata urban rail networks.

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