GE Power Conversion hosts project award for Australia’s Gold Coast light rail project

  • GE has been awarded a contract for Australia’s Gold Coast light rail project – the 6.7km third leg of the world-class public transport system.
  • GE Power Conversion has won the John Holland Group project for its client, GoldLinQ Pty Ltd, which is under contract to the Queensland Government to design, build, operate and maintain Gold’s light rail system. Coast.
  • GE will provide the design, manufacture and commissioning of four 1.5 MW 750 V DC traction electrical substations to supply traction power to the light rail system.

GE Power Conversion has been awarded a contract to supply electrification systems for the third stage of Australia’s Gold Coast Light Rail Project (GCLR3). The award – for the supply of electric traction substations – marks a continuation of success after awards given to GE for four recent light rail projects in Australia.

This project is the final 6.7km leg of the Gold Coast Light Rail, a world-class public transport system for Gold Coast residents and visitors connecting communities to business centres, shops, restaurants, education and medical facilities. The extension to the rail network is in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and will include eight new stations from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.

Confidence in GE Power Conversion’s ability to supply the four 1.5MW 750V DC traction power substations was gained through the track record of GE’s expert engineering and project management teams in solutions traction feed. References include three light rail projects in Australia in Canberra, Newcastle and Parramatta.

GE Power Conversion has been awarded this latest project by John Holland Group for its end customer, GoldLinQ Pty Ltd, which is contracted by the Queensland Government to design, build, operate and maintain the train system. Gold Coast Light Rail.

As Phil Mumford, CEO of GoldLinQ, Australia explained, “The GCLR3 project is committed to delivering a world-class light rail system built by a workforce from the Gold Coast and South East This city-shaping project will support over 760 jobs and meet the Gold Coast’s expected population growth over the coming decades.

The 750 V DC traction substations were designed by the Australian engineering team and include GE Power Conversion electrification systems, including switchgear, transformers, rectifiers, circuit breakers and insulators which will be integrated into the buildings manufactured to supply the site.

The GCLR3 project is expected to be completed by mid-2025.

Jeff Hanson, GE Power Conversion’s Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand, said: “The award of Stage 3 of the Gold Coast light rail project provides an exciting new opportunity for GE Power Conversion to build on the successful delivery of Canberra Light Rail, Newcastle Rail Light Rail and ongoing work on Parramatta Light Rail. We are delighted to continue supporting this project with our proven substation solutions which will be designed and delivered by our local engineering and project management team.

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For more information contact: Kate Inglis, GE Power Conversion, +44 (0) 7766 991040 [email protected]


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