Metro Melbourne Tunnel

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel project is one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in Australia.

In tunnel construction, consideration of emergency scenarios for events such as fires is essential. Scenarios must be simulated to determine how the tunnel can be cleared with reduced traction power in the event of an accident.

Due to the immediate proximity of the tunnel to various third-party sites with sensitive equipment, ensuring electromagnetic compatibility is a key project requirement.

About the project

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in Australia, involves the design and construction of two nine-kilometre rail tunnels from Kensington to South Yarra, five new underground stations and a range of systems required to effectively operate the new tunnel and stations.

The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) consortium, comprising Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, was awarded the contract by the State of Victoria, represented by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), the Victorian authority responsible for the construction of the underground tunnel.

Our contribution

Enotrac carried out a comprehensive traction power supply modelling study for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel using its software tool Fabel. Simulations included load calculations, energy studies and harmonic analyses, each considering outage scenarios (N-1), as well as emergency situation recovery scenarios.

The study was carried out in two stages. First, Enotrac completed network calculations for dimensioning the energy supply. Calculations with FABEL indicated very high demands were made on the availability of the system. The system includes inverters at 3 tunnel rectifier substations, the benefits of which were demonstrated by means of simulations. Both the 1500 V DC traction current network and the 22 kV / 50 Hz feeding network were modelled.

The key figures

Simulations with Fabel were carried out
Timetable variants were taken into account and evaluated
Million simulations with emfcalc were required

In the second stage of the study, network and magnetic field calculations were carried out to verify electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) with the surrounding systems, as the tunnel runs close to a hospital and university with equipment sensitive to magnetic radiation (such as MRI machines). The EMFCalc3D module integrated in Fabel was used to determine and evaluate the magnetic interference at the locations with sensitive equipment.

The overall system was optimised in terms of reducing the electromagnetic interference and complying with the limit values of the sensitive equipment for proof of electromagnetic compatibility. Independently carried out measurements showed excellent agreement between measurements and calculations.

Enotrac contributed significantly to the success of the project, because without the plausible proof of electromagnetic compatibility, the project could have been blocked by third parties, in this case stakeholders at the neighbouring hospital and university. Cooperation with the engineering firm PowerEarth was also very positive.

  • Customer

    PowerEarth and CYP

  • Period

    2018 – today

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

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