ABB wins $15 million power order in Chile

2009-12-10 - FACTS solution to increase electricity supply and improve grid reliability

Zurich, Switzerland, Dec.10, 2009 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $15 million from Chile’s leading transmission utility, Transelec SA, to provide an SVC (Static VAr Compensation) solution for its Polpaico substation. This installation will help to enhance the capacity and reliability of power supplies in the metropolitan area of Santiago.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission the SVC unit at Polpaico, enabling Transelec to boost electricity supply through its existing 500 kV transmission lines, which transfer power from the south of the country to the capital, Santiago. The project is expected to be completed by 2011.

"The SVC technology being deployed will help improve grid stability and deliver reliable, quality power to consumers in the region," said Per Haugland, head of ABB’s Grid Systems business. "It will enable more electricity to be transmitted over the existing network, with minimum environmental impact."

ABB received a similar order, earlier this year to deliver an SVC Light® solution for the Cerro Navia substation to enhance the capacity and reliability of power supplies in the same area.

SVC is part of ABB’s family of FACTS (flexible AC transmission systems) technologies, which enhance the capacity, security and flexibility of power transmission systems, and make an important contribution to the development of smart grids.

SVC Light® is ABB’s high performance STATCOM (static synchronous compensator). It can provide instantaneous and continuously variable reactive power in response to voltage fluctuations, thereby enhancing grid stability.

FACTS technologies allow more power to reach consumers with minimal environmental impact, lower investment costs and shorter implementation times than the traditional alternative of building new transmission lines or power plants. They also help address voltage and stability issues and enable the transmission system to run more efficiently. ABB is a global leader in the growing field of FACTS, and has more than 700 such installations in operation or under construction across the world.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

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