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TIN news:     Power and automation technologies provider ABB has received a $16m contract to provide traction substations and auxiliary power supply for a new rail corridor in Ethiopia.
The contract was awarded by Turkish transportation infrastructure company Yapi Merkezi Construction and Industry.
This new development in the 400km Awash-Kombolcha-Weldia line comes under a five-year growth and transformation plan of the Ethiopian Government.
"These substations will enable the efficient supply of electricity to power the network's expansion."
ABB power systems division head Claudio Facchin said: "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."
The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Under this contract, ABB will be responsible for the design and delivery of engineered equipment packages for five 25kV traction substations, eight section posts and 30 auxiliary substations.
The supply of products include range of high and medium-voltage switchgear, traction transformers rated at 25MVA, power factor correction (PFC) transformers, FSK II+ railway circuit breakers and auxiliary power supply equipment.
The present railway line will connect the northern and eastern traffic corridors of Ethiopia through Kombolcha and Weldia/Hara Gebeya in the north.
With this development, the travel time will be reduced up to 50% on the line that connects the port of Djibouti through the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

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