ABB wins $107 million power transmission order in Africa

Zurich, Switzerland, February 15, 2010 — Power and automation technology group ABB won an order worth $107 million from SNEL, the national power company in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The project will upgrade key technology on one of the world’s longest electricity transmission systems. The contract was signed in the fourth quarter of 2009.

ABB will refurbish the stations that convert alternating current to direct current and back on the 560 MW Inga-Kolwezi power transmission link. The 1,700 kilometer system was built by ABB in 1982 and was, at that time, the world’s longest transmission line.

The link uses HVDC (high-voltage direct current) technology to transmit power from the Inga Falls hydropower station on the Congo River to the mining district of Katanga in the southeast of the country. It also enables excess power to be exported to the Southern African Power Pool countries.

ABB will be responsible for system engineering, including design, supply and installation of new thyristor valves, high-voltage apparatus and ABB’s MACH2 control and protection system. The project is scheduled for delivery in 2013.

ABB pioneered HVDC transmission technology more than 50 years ago and has extensive experience in both new installations and refurbishments in the sector. ABB has completed more than 70 HVDC projects around the world, with a total transmission capacity of over 60,000 MW

The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

 

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