ABB has won a turnkey contract worth US$43 million to install Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) technology in Mexico.

The contract, awarded by Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the Mexican state-owned utility, should improve the efficiency of the transmission system and increase grid reliability in Mexico City and northern parts of the country, according to ABB.

"ABB’s FACTS solutions continue to enable CFE to increase the capacity of existing transmission networks, while maintaining and improving grid stability. As a result, more power can reach people with a minimum impact on the environment," said Armando Basave, ABB’s (country manager) for Mexico. He went on to say that grid stability could be achieved after substantially shorter project implementation times and at lower investment costs compared to the alternative of building new transmission lines or power generation facilities.

The project includes the design, manufacture, testing, erection and commissioning of the entire system in three regions. The project is scheduled for completion in 17 months.

The order includes ABB’s Static Var Compensator (SVC) technology - part of the FACTS portfolio - which helps to avoid grid overload. Over the past ten years, ABB has delivered twelve SVCs to CFE.