PG&E awards ABB power transmission contract in U.S.

Flexible AC Transmission System stabilizes power supply in San Francisco

Zurich, Switzerland, September 29, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it has won a contract to install Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) technology to the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) electrical transmission network in San Francisco, California. The contract is worth US$ 12 million.

"The FACTS installation will stabilize the power system during peak loading and network contingencies, thus substantially lower the risk for voltage collapses," says Josef A. Duerr, head of ABB's Power Systems business area. "PG&E, a longtime partner, continues to show confidence in our innovative and environmentally sound technologies."

PG&E is the largest utility in northern and central California, supplying approximately 13 million customers with natural gas and electricity. In recent years the major population center of the San Francisco Bay Area has experienced rapid load growth, while at the same time the possibility to erect new transmission lines has diminished. To maintain stability of the transmission system in and around San Francisco, PG&E has therefore been forced to run aging generation units located in the city.

The FACTS installation will be located adjacent to a generation plant at the Potrero substation in San Francisco. The turnkey project is scheduled for completion in November 2004. Once the installation is in service, PG&E will be able to retire the old generators.

This contract is one of a number of recent ABB FACTS contracts in the U.S. This is the second static var compensation (SVC) order and the sixth turnkey project with PG&E. Collectively these projects total over US$ 90 million during the last six years.

SVC technology is part of the FACTS solution portfolio. The power industry term FACTS covers a number of technologies that enhance the security, capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems.

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 133,000 people.

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    FACTS devices stabilize the power system during peak loading and lower the risk for voltage collapses.

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      ABB Power Technologies
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