South African utility Eskom has contracted ABB for $30 million worth of equipment, which will help to strengthen power grid reliability.
ABB will supply 275 and 400 kV circuit breakers, as well as medium-voltage and 400 kV surge arrestors to Eskom as part of its program to strengthen the power network by upgrading existing and building new substations.
â€śOur medium and high-voltage equipment will play a significant part in helping South Africa to strengthen its power grid and ensure reliable electricity supply,â€ť said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB's Power Products division. â€śWe have considerable experience of working with Eskom and meeting their requirements.â€ť
Under the contract â€“ which will last for four years â€“ ABB will deliver approximately 300 circuit breakers and 530 surge arresters. It is the largest order for live tank breakers ever received by ABB. The breakers are equipped with state-of-the-art polymer insulators which make the breakers safer and more reliable.
Eskomâ€™s program is designed to strengthen grid reliability throughout the country in line with growth projections. Short to medium-term focus will be on Eastern and Western Cape, Gauteng Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal .
This order is the latest in a series of contracts with Eskom. In May 2006, ABB signed a frame agreement worth $25 million to supply medium-voltage switchgear and protection units for two 1200 MW power plants owned by Eskom.