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ABB technology applied in Kochi and Bengaluru metros

ABB is providing the technology for reliable power supply and distribution in India’s newest metro inaugurated in Kochi. The 13 km long Kochi metro stretch has a wide range of ABB solutions. The north-south corridor of Bengaluru metro, also being inaugurated is the part of the second longest metro network in the country after New Delhi. ABB has provided turnkey solutions for this network from electrification to future-ready remote monitoring system for trains of the network. Globally used third rail DC traction technology, which enhances efficiency and reliability in the longer run has also been deployed in this project by ABB. 

ABB solutions for the Kochi metro include medium and low voltage protection and control systems. Also includes switchgears, dry-type transformers for power supply and distribution to the stations, coaches and modular distribution switchgear panels for lighting requirements. 

ABB’s world-class vacuum breaker technology for air insulated switchgears will provide power reliability while enhancing equipment and personnel safety and ease of maintenance. The gas insulated ones have optimised the sub-station footprint thus saving precious land in the metro project. ABB dry type transformers installed at the specially designed metro stations, have a high level of safety and reliability, ensuring a safe commute for passengers.

The north-south corridor of Bengaluru metro is a continuation of the extensive work done for other stretches of the same network. ABB was key to implementing the third rail technology for Bengaluru metro and provided all the traction power requirement and sub-station equipment. The remote monitoring SCADA system to ensure network efficiency and pre-detect downtime was also executed. 

ABB has provided an extensive array of products and systems for Indian metros for wayside power and onboard requirement. These include traction, receiving and auxiliary substations with compact gas- and air-insulated switchgear, modular distribution switchgear, efficient and low noise level traction transformers, dry type auxiliary and rectifier transformers, motors, overhead electrification, integrated building and asset management solutions and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. These help not only in improved performance but also cost efficiency.

“These metro projects are a testimony to ABB’s long term commitment to the country. With the benefits of the latest global technology made in India, these would serve to modernise the nation’s infrastructure and transportation sector,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, ABB India. 
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