ABB to reinforce Norwegian grid and enhance power supplies

2013-12-10 - Substations to serve power-intensive industries as well as commercial and residential consumers in Southern region

Aerial view of Grenland substation construction site. Image courtesy of Skagerak Nett


ABB has won an order worth around $11 million from Skagerak Nett AS for the construction of a new transmission substation and the extension of an existing one. The air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations will help to reinforce grid reliability and enhance power supplies in the region.

Major industries in southern Norway include ship-building and repair facilities that support the country’s North Sea oil industry, and one of the world's largest silicon carbide refining plants.

Norway is richly endowed with natural resources. It has emerged as the world's third-largest natural gas exporter; and seventh largest oil exporter, having made one of its largest offshore oil finds only in 2011.

The Norwegian electricity sector relies predominantly on hydropower, which accounted for about 95 percent of its total generation. It also has potential for on- and offshore wind power, wave power and production of bio-energy from wood.

As part of the turnkey project, ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning. Key product supplies include high-voltage circuit breakers, disconnectors and instrument transformers.

The substations will also be equipped with automation, control and protection systems. The project is scheduled for completion by 2015.

Skagerak Nett owns and operates the transmission and distribution grid of the Grenland region in Southern Norway. It is a subsidiary of the utility Skagerak Energy, which is jointly owned by local governments and Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and the leading power company in Norway.


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