ABB has won an order to supply two new substations and expand two existing substations for Transmissora Delmiro Gouveia, which is jointly owned by the Brazilian state utility CHESF (part of the Eletrobrás group) and ATP Engenharia, a leading engineering concern. TDG is investing around US$ 130 million in these substations, and ABB has been assigned a significant portion.The order was booked in the first quarter.
ABB will deliver one of the largest transformers ever built in Brazil for the project, providing one of the new substations with twice the transforming capacity of typical substations in the country. ABB will also increase the transforming capacity of two existing substations. The new installation will be located in Ceará and the two extensions in Maranhão, both states in northeastern Brazil.
“These substations will enhance transmission capacity to help meet an increasing need for electricity driven by economic growth in the country,” said Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB's substations business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. ”They will also strengthen grid reliability and improve power stability in the region.“
As part of the turnkey project, ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of the substations. Power transformers, high-voltage equipment, including circuit breakers, instrument transformers and surge arresters, as well as medium-voltage equipment are some of the main products that will be supplied. ABB will also install substation automation systems equipped with the company’s latest generation of protection and control products. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012.