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December 3, 2012

ABB to install rectifier units on Polish railway network

Swiss power and automation technology firm ABB has won a $39m contract from PKP Energetyka, the main power supplier to Polish railroad operators, to supply 138 rectifier units for DC traction substations on the Polish rail network.

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Swiss power and automation technology firm ABB has won a $39m contract from PKP Energetyka, the main power supplier to Polish railroad operators, to supply 138 rectifier units for DC traction substations on the Polish rail network.

The rectifiers, scheduled to be delivered in 2014, have been ordered as part of a project to strengthen traction power supplies on the 3kV DC network and extend electrification by a further 1,000km.

Poland currently has around 20,000km of track, of which more than half is electrified using 3kV DC overhead lines.

The rectifiers will make sure that reliable DC power is available to operators even as demands for electric energy increase.

"Poland currently has around 20,000km of track, of which more than half is electrified using 3kV DC overhead lines."

Installation of the new rectifiers will help Polish State Railways (PKP) manage increasing freight volumes to and from China, as well as provide a safer and faster route for passenger travel.

The new rectifiers will join several hundred other ABB rectifiers already in service on PKP’s power-feed system.

The project will also help PKP introduce modern trains, which will be able to travel at maximum speeds of 160-200km/h, reducing travel times and improving travel conditions between the largest cities in the country.

PKP plans to develop around 450km of new high-speed track, allowing commuters to travel at speeds of more than 200km/h between the cities of Warsaw, Lodz and Kalisz.


Image: Installation of ABB rectifier units, which will be delivered in 2014, will help PKP handle increasing freight volumes to and from China. Photo: courtesy of PKP Intercity.

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