ABB wins further orders to boost steel production

2006-02-14 - Static var compensator technology in demand worldwide

Zurich, Switzerland, February 14, 2006 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today reported another five orders for static var compensators (SVC) for steel mills around the world. The orders are a continuation of the successful year 2005, which was concluded with an SVC Light order during the end of the year. These six orders, worth a total of $20 million will help steel makers to meet their booming demand.

“The strong demand for cutting-edge SVC technology is continuing after a highly successful year in 2005,” said Samir Brikho, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “These orders demonstrate that customers appreciate how this technology can help them to increase production.”

The new contracts – for plants in Canada, Greece, Spain and the U.S. – are for SVCs with power ratings of between 64 and 200 Mvar.

Static var compensators stabilize massive voltage disturbances caused by electric arc furnaces during the steelmaking process, securing power quality and significantly higher levels of production. They do not require additional investment in other components in the steelmaking process.

ABB has delivered more than 200 SVC installations to the steel industry worldwide and has a pioneering tradition in the field as the innovator of both SVC and SVC Light, the latter a unique technology that creates a smooth and stable voltage in the melting process and reduces flicker and harmonics to levels impossible to reach with conventional SVCs.

SVC and SVC Light are part of ABB’s package of flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) technologies that enhance the security, capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems.

ABB ( a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 103,000 people.

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    Static var compensators stabilize massive voltage disturbances, securing power quality and higher levels of production

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