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NZ Chapter Event: Reinforcement of the Wellington Electrified Area Webinar

July 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NZST

Join the RTSA New Zealand Chapter online for a presentation on the Need for Power – Reinforcement of the Wellington Electrified Area (WEA) Traction Electricity Supply, Presented by Richard Catlow.

The Wellington Network is undergoing significant investment in renewals and upgrades, part of the Wellington Metro Upgrade Programme. Part of this Programme involves preparing the network for higher frequency and longer electric passenger metro trains. One of the infrastructure requirements for this is the need for more capacity in the traction power supply system, resulting in the need for upgraded and additional substations across the network. This presentation will focus on the development of the substations project and its objectives, with a special focus on the power modelling completed and the interpretation of the results, which have identified a number of existing areas requiring improvement and the need for a number of additional traction substations.


Richard Catlow, Director of Energy Systems at SNC-Lavelin
Michael McKeon, Project Director at Kiwi Rail
Karl Strode-Penny, Rail Operations Specialist at KSP Consulting Limited

The key speaker will be electrical engineer Richard Catlow, with an introduction from Michael McKeon – Project Director at KiwiRail, supported by Karl Strode-Penny who prepared the timetable models used to drive the power simulation, and coordinated the power study for KiwiRail. Richard is a Director of Energy Systems at SNC-Lavalin in Canada and previously lived and worked in New Zealand and was intensively involved in the commissioning of the new Auckland metro railway electrification in the early 2010s. Karl is a consultant based in wellington who specialises in timetable and operations modelling and analysis.

Click here register on the Engineering New Zealand website.

Worker replacing the overhead electrical system in front of a pastel coloured sky

Replacing the overhead electrical system image from KiwiRail: https://www.kiwirail.co.nz/what-we-do/projects/wellington/johnsonville-line/


RTSA New Zealand Chapter
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