ABB wins US$ 300-million in Brazilian power transmission contracts

Technology group to build 1,300 kilometers in power lines; couples innovation with local expertise

Zurich, Switzerland, June 13, 2001 – Global technology group ABB said today it has won contracts worth about US$ 300-million to design and build two high-voltage power transmission systems with a combined length of nearly 1,300-kilometers to help satisfy the steadily increasing demand for energy in Brazil.

The order stems from a concession agreement granted by the Federal National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) of Brazil to a consortium of power developers. The concession gives the developer consortium Schahin/Alusa the right to build, own and operate two power lines in north and northeastern Brazil to increase the transmission capacity of the national power grid.

“Upgrading and extending the network will significantly improve Brazil’s power reliability,” said Richard Siudek, executive vice president and head of ABB’s Utilities division. “We will use our experience with interconnections in Brazil to rapidly implement this important project.”

ABB will design, procure and construct all transmission line components, including six 500 kilovolt substations and reactive power compensation equipment. Many of the projects’ components will be manufactured at ABB plants in São Paulo and Minas Gerais.

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