Preventing power outages in China

ABB hands over record-setting HVDC power link from Three Gorges to Guangdong ahead of hot summer

Zurich, Switzerland and Beijing, China, June 6, 2004 – A record-setting power link between the Three Gorges and Guangdong – which is geared to transferring power from Central to South China to help eliminate power outages – was today handed over by ABB to China’s State Grid Corporation.

“We are pleased to help China in its efforts to improve power reliability,” said Peter Smits, member of ABB’s Group Executive Committee and head of the Power Technologies division. “High-tech power links like this one are important, particularly in China, where power supply from remote sources is strained by excessive demand.”

Recent statistics indicate that twenty-four provinces in China have limited their electric power supply during the first quarter of 2004, two more provinces than for all of 2003. Economic observers say steel, automotive and chemical companies, among others, are increasing production in China at the peril of power supply.

The project completion ceremony for the 3,000-megawatt, 940-kilometer high-voltage direct power (HVDC) power link was held in Beijing on June 6. The link is ABB’s second for State Grid Corporation. It was completed 19 months faster than ABB’s Three Gorges-Changzhou HVDC link.

“These links help deliver clean hydro power to the fastest growing regions in China,” said Peter Leupp, president and chairman of ABB in China. “This means they help eliminate power outages. This is particularly important here in China because the demand for power is growing at a rate faster the gross domestic product.”

ABB said the Three Gorges-Guangdong link is a true feat of engineering. It uses gas-insulated switchgear and the longest direct current line (940 km) of its class. It has a power rating of 3,000 MW – a world record for a single converter station – and was built as part of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant.

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 113,000 people. ABB in China ( employs more than 6,500 people in around 25 cities.

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