ABB wins $75 million SVC power order in Canada

Raleigh, N.C., November 13, 2009 — ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $75 million from Hydro-Quebec for static VAr compensators (SVCs) — equipment that enables quick responses to electrical disturbances in the grid and contributes to restoring its stability.

The installation of two SVCs on the 735-kilovolt network at the Chenier substation, west of Montreal, will have a total 1,200 megavolt-amperes reactive. The turnkey project for Hydro-Quebec is due to be completed in 2012.

The SVC installation on the power grid contributes both to regulating the voltage of the Montreal metropolitan transmission ring and towards ensuring the stability of the network after disturbances have occurred. SVCs are a part of the flexible alternating-current transmission systems family of technologies that boost the security, capacity and reliability of existing power transmission systems.

By using the existing network, FACTS solutions, where they can be applied, reduce the need for capital investment, save time and reduce the complexity associated with construction of new power plants or transmission lines. They also enable more power to reach consumers with minimum impact on the environment. ABB has more than 700 FACTS installations in operation or under construction around the world.

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