European firm wins Adelaide electrification study

Railway engineering consultancy Enotrac will carry out the power system study for the Adelaide Rail Electrification project in South Australia.

Working for and with the state's Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI), Enotrac will assess the proposed design for the 25kV booster transformer electrification scheme. The work will cover loading, power quality and EMC studies.

South Australia is investing heavily in upgrading its public transport systems, with $2bn set aside over ten years. The centrepiece of the work is the electrification of railway lines serving Adelaide, along with gauge standardisation and upgrades to interchanges, stations and park-and-ride facilities. New electric trains will be purchased and 58 existing diesel rail cars refurbished and converted for electric operation.

The Adelaide passenger railway network consists of around 250 single track kilometres over four main lines and two spur lines. The electrified network will support increased levels of service, operating a mix of converted 3000 Class rolling stock and the new 4000 Class EMUs due to arrive in 2012.

The electrification of Adelaide's metropolitan rail network is a joint investment between the South Australian State Government and the Australian Federal Government.

Enotrac is based in Switzerland with an office in the UK.

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