ABB transformers support three major wind farm projects in China

Beijing, November 2, 2011 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently announced it is providing 3 units of 50MVA main transformers to local partner Wuhan Kaidi Holding Investment Company. ABB transformers will help ensure the efficiency and reliable operations of Wuhan Kaidi Company’s three major wind farms located in the Liaoning Fuxin, Ningxia Yanchi, and Anhui Wangjiang areas of China.

Bernd Muehe, head of ABB Power Products Division, North Asia Region and China, said, “ABB is a major equipment supplier in the global wind power market, delivering generation, integration, transmission, and control solutions covering the entire wind power energy chain. We are able to provide over 70% of the wind power equipment. In China, ABB is actively working with industry partners to participate in a number of major wind farm projects, helping to provide clean power to millions of households.”

ABB is taking part in many large-scale land-based and offshore wind farm projects in China. The company has previously provided the ring main unit equipment for Donghai Bridge Offshore Wind Farm--China’s first offshore wind farm--and box-type substations to the Jiangsu Rudong and Phase II of Nantong Qidong wind farms. It has also delivered all six main transformers used in the 500 kV Tongyu substation in Jilin province, China’s highest voltage wind farm substation.

Transformers are integral equipment for wind farm operation, and are critical elements in the efficient and safe conversion of energy across diverse voltage systems. ABB transformers are based on ABB’s patented TrafoStar technology, featuring low power loss and high reliability. They are suitable for the efficient and safe operation of wind farms. For example, the three ABB transformers delivered to Wuhan Kaidi Company consume at least 10% less power under normal conditions when compared to average standards. They have a designed lifespan of over 30 years and do not require any maintenance over their entire service life, top in the industry.

The transformers for the recent projects were designed and produced by ABB Zhongshan Transformer Company. The company specializes in power and industrial transformers. With over ten years of development, it maintains a leading position in China’s transformer industry, and has been selected as China’s Top 100 Electric Companies for five consecutive years.

All three wind farms are considered major wind projects in China. Fuxin Wind Farm is a 10-million-kW pilot wind farm base in Liaoning province. The Wangjiang Wind Farm is a major wind project in Anhui province, and both the Phase I and Phase II have an installation capacity of 49.5 MW respectively. The Yanchi County 1-million-kW regional wind farm base is a major wind project of Ningxia province during the 12th Five-Year Plan. An ABB transformer will be installed in the 49.5 MW Niumaojing Wind Farm of Yanchi County.

Wind power is a key aspect of China’s renewable energy development during 12th Five-Year Plan. Thanks to the rapid wind power construction in China, ABB’s wind power business has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, up 49% in 2010. In 2011, ABB will move the headquarters of its global wind power business to Beijing to stay in close contact with local customers and address customer demands.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 17,000 employees, 31 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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