ABB switchyard adds 200 MW of local electricity for city of Anaheim

Raleigh, North Carolina, March 22, 2012 – ABB dedicated the Canyon Power 69kV GIS Switchyard, a major new turnkey GIS project that now provides local electricity for the city of Anaheim, California.

This GIS switchyard interconnects the new 200 MW natural gas-powered Canyon Power Project in Southern California to Anaheim’s electrical system. The project now provides up to 150,000 residential customers with additional local electricity to meet Anaheim’s peak demands, particularly during its hot summer months.

The switchyard will also upgrade local electric system reliability, reduce Anaheim’s reliance on out-of-state power resources, and enhance the city’s ability to provide cleaner energy to its customers.

The Southern California Public Power Authority provided financing, the city of Anaheim provided project management, and ABB provided the project on a turnkey basis including all engineering, equipment and construction labor to design, build, test and commission the switchyard.

The city of Anaheim specified GIS on this project because of the small space available for the switchyard, together with the higher reliability and lower operating and maintenance costs associated with GIS equipment. This GIS switchyard is also completely enclosed, due to the low incremental cost of doing so and the ability to make it completely immune to local environmental conditions.

ABB delivered more than 5,500 installations rated up to 1100kV since 1900.

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