ABB keeps India on the metro track

2015-11-03 - The metro systems in some of India’s largest cities utilize ABB technology to help convey millions of passengers around these urban areas every day. ABB provides a vast range of electrification and automation solutions to supply wayside power as well as on-board equipment for the trains.

With the rapid population growth being experienced in India’s cities, mass transit systems including metros are being developed in major urban areas across the country. The nation’s five largest cities – Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore – all have metros, with three others already in operation, and many more under construction in Tier 2 cities.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is the first independent metro operator in India, and its metro system is the national benchmark for on-time project execution and efficiency. Today, Delhi’s metro system has 213 kilometers of track and 148 stations along elevated and underground sections.

ABB has provided an extensive array of products and systems for the metro. These include traction, receiving and auxiliary substations with compact gas- and air-insulated switchgear, efficient and low noise level traction transformers, motors, overhead electrification, integrated building and asset management solutions and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. All this technology facilitates the smooth operation of the Delhi metro, as well as enhancing performance and optimizing cost-efficiency.

Delhi is not the only Indian city for which ABB is providing its rail technology, with the metro networks in Jaipur, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata also benefitting from ABB solutions. For Bangalore’s metro, for example, ABB provided substation equipment and a SCADA system, while for Jaipur the company supplied substations, electrification and SCADA technology.

ABB has a range of power and automation products and solutions for the rail industry and a vast global installed base. Increasing concern for the environment, rapid urbanization, the need to move more people and freight faster and volatile fuel prices make rail a strategic focus sector for the company.

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