On Wednesday, ABB announced their bid to supply traction substations and auxiliary power supply for a newly developed railway line in Ethiopia had been awarded at a cost of US$16 million, ABB said in a statement.

The Ethiopian government implemented the growth and transformation plan to positively contribute towards economic growth and development.

The Awash-Kombolcha-Weldia line is part of a 5 year plan which is said to reach completion by 2017, ABB said.

ABB will be contributing the following:

  • Equipment packages for five 230/25 kilovolt (kV0 traction substations
  • 8 section posts, and
  • 30 auxiliary substations

Core products to be supplied:

  • High and medium-voltage switchgear
  • Traction transformers [25 megavolt-ampere (MVA)]
  • Power factor correction (PFC) transformers
  • FSKII+ railway circuit breakers
  • Auxiliary power supply equipment

The railway line will stretch across 400 kilometres between the northern and eastern ‘traffic corridors’ of Ethiopia, ABB said in a statement.

The railway will link up to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to the port of Djibouti which will facilitate trade and tourist growth as time could be reduced up to 50 percent, ABB stated.

Head of ABB’s Power Systems division, Claudio Facchin said that ‘these substations will enable the efficient supply of electricity to power the network’s expansion and ensure reliable operation and performance of this rail network…

‘ABB has a wide range of technologies and a strong track record of providing innovative solutions for the rail sector, serving communities all over the world. This order also shows our increased focus on expanding in Africa’.