ABB wins $30 million power order in Brazil

Urban substation to help address growing electricity needs and reinforce distribution grid

Zurich, Switzerland, Jan.6, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $30 million from Cemig Distribuição S.A.(Cemig D), the largest power distribution company in Brazil, to supply an indoor distribution substation to be located in downtown Belo Horizonte, capital city of the state of Minais Gerais, in the southeastern part of the country. The new substation will replace an existing 40 year old installation and will occupy only two thirds of the space compared to the current facility, freeing valuable land for other uses. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2011.

“The compact and innovative technologies deployed have a significantly smaller footprint and low maintenance requirements,” said Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB's substations business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division.” The new substation will boost the supply of electricity to the city, improve power quality and help reinforce the reliability of the city’s distribution grid.

ABB’s scope of supply includes 145 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated switchgear, 15 kV air-insulated switchgear, four 145/15 kV power transformers with a total capacity of 240 MVA (mega-volt-ampere),electromechanical equipment and the civil works. ABB will also deliver fully integrated substation automation, protection and control systems compliant with the global IEC 61850 standard. As part of the turnkey contract, ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the substation. The project is scheduled for completion by 2013.

Cemig D manages the largest electricity distribution network in Latin America and supplies power to about 18 million people in 774 municipalities of the state of Minais Gerais.

ABB is the world’s leading supplier of turnkey air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kV. These substations facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact, serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as sectors like railways, urban transportation and renewables.

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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