ABB wins $65 million order to boost power reliability in California

Substation upgrade and new substation will improve city’s transmission system

Zurich, Switzerland, March 28, 2006 – ABB, the leading power and automation group, said today it has won a $65 million substation order that will increase the reliability of power supply in the city of Anaheim, California.

ABB will upgrade an existing 230/69 kilovolt (kV) substation, build a new 230/69kV gas insulated switchgear substation, install a new transmission line between them and convert several kilometers of existing overhead power lines to underground cable.

“Our technology will help to ensure a reliable power supply to the city,” said Samir Brikho, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “We are well positioned to take on projects of this scope, where the customer needs a complete package of technology and project management expertise.”

The Lewis 230kV Extension Project is the largest individual undertaking by Anaheim Public Utilities. The completed project will provide the city with a much-improved, reliable source of power along with aesthetic improvement of the electric facilities in and around the substations.

ABB will provide all engineering, equipment and material procurement, construction and commissioning on the project, which is scheduled for completion in under two years.

ABB (www.abb.com) is 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 104,000 people.

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