Thursday, December 07, 2017

ABB to deliver power to Eglinton Crosstown project with near zero emissions

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A rendering of future Eglinton Crosstown service. A rendering of future Eglinton Crosstown service. Metrolinx

ABB says it is set to supply key power distribution elements for the Eglinton Crosstown project, Toronto, Canada's new light-rail transit line, to facilitate the line's safe operation with nearly zero emissions.



The expansion project is expected to triple the length of the rapid transit service, bringing 81 percent of rider's homes within two kilometers (1.24 miles) of the light-rail transit line and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from passenger transportation by 29 percent per person, ABB said.

Metrolinx launched the project to reduce future emissions for the area's growing population, officials said.

ABB will deliver a medium-voltage distribution and traction power system, including gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and substations. ABB's said its GIS technology lowers the footprint by almost 40 percent and offers a nearly maintenance-free solution.
Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown line has started and service on the line is set to launch in 2021.

"Our proven, energy-efficient technology will ensure reliable power to one of the most significant urban transit systems in North America reflecting our commitment to innovation and quality," said Tarak Mehta, president of ABB's Electrification Products division. "ABB is dedicated to shaping and accelerating the transformation of mobility."

ABB will work with Crosslinx Transit Solutions Constructors (CTSC), a consortium including SNC-Lavalin, ACS-Dragados, EllisDon and Aecon, to complete the Eglinton Crosstown project.

"We are pleased to have ABB onboard for this project, helping us deliver long-term sustainable transportation and better transit for the Greater Toronto Area," said CTSC Transit Systems Director Eric Mumm.

"Delivering power to a modern, sustainable mass transit system is in line with our vision to power Canada's innovation ecosystem," said Nathalie Pilon, president of ABB in Canada. "With a strong history of pioneering technology in this field, we are pleased to work with the CTSC on this ground breaking project."