ABB wins $26 million power products order in Norway

Variable shunt reactors to help regulate power and enhance grid reliability

Zurich, Switzerland, Sept.28, 2011 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $26 million from the leading Norwegian transmission company, Statnett, to supply eight large variable shunt reactors (VSR) with a rating of 200 megavolts-ampere reactive (Mvar) (420 kilovolts [kV]) and weighing about 260 metric tons, making them the largest of their kind ever built.

Variable shunt reactors provide a flexible and cost efficient solution to regulate the voltage levels when the network load varies with the season (summer or winter) and time of day or night. It also provides flexibility to meet future development and changes in the grid and load structure.

“This new design of variable shunt reactors will help reduce losses and have a wider regulation range”, said Markus Heimbach, head of the Transformers business, a part of ABB’s Power Products division.”We are pleased that Statnett, a pioneer in deploying shunt reactor solutions has once again affirm their faith in ABB’s technology”.

ABB ( 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 130,000 people.

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