ABB consortium wins railway electrification contract in Greece

Zurich, Switzerland, October 3, 1996 - A consortium led by ABB, the international electrical engineering company, and including its rail transportation joint venture company ADtranz (ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation), has won an order valued at US$ 145 million to electrify the 500-kilometer rail link between Piraeus, Athens and Thessaloniki. The ABB share of the contract is approximately US$ 90 million, and the ADtranz share is approximately US$ 55 million. The contract was placed by OSE, the Greek State Railways. Completion of the project is scheduled for the year 2001.

ABB will supply and install the overhead 25-kilovolt (kV) alternating current power supply catenary wires, supporting structures for each single-track line and special aluminium cantilever arms. In addition, ABB in Greece will participate in an important part of the construction work for the project. ADtranz will supply and install nine trackside substations along the route to take power supplies at 150 kV from the national electricity grid and convert them to 25 kV to feed the railway overhead catenary pick-up wires.

The project, which was won by the ABB consortium following intense international competition, forms part of the Greek governments railtrack improvement programme. The aim is to up-grade key routes within the country to take high-speed trains capable of speeds up to 200 km/h and to interconnect with the planned trans-European high-speed train network. These measures, besides significantly improving the country's infrastructure development, will also strengthen its exporting capability.

The ABB Group employs approximately 217,000 people worldwide with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion. (End).

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      ABB Corporate Communications, Zurich
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