ABB wins $20 million power transmission order in Brazil

2010-11-15 - FACTS technology to increase electricity supply in North East and reinforce existing grid

Zurich, Switzerland, Nov.15, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $20 million from one of Brazil’s leading transmission utilities, Eletronorte, to provide an SVC (Static Var Compensation) solution that will help to enhance the capacity and reliability of power supplies in the Maranhão-region of North East Brazil.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission the SVC unit in São Luis, thereby boosting electricity supply through existing 230 kV (kilovolt) transmission lines to improve voltage control and 500 kV system performance during contingencies. The new SVC unit will also control, as a master, the previously installed SVC at the São Luís II substation The project is expected to be completed by 2012. ABB has previously supplied FACTS (flexible AC transmission systems) technology to Electronorte and is also currently executing the Vilhena SVC project.

“This environmentally friendly solution will enable more power to flow through existing transmission lines and will also improve grid stability”, said Martin Gross, head of ABB’s Grid Systems business, within the Power Systems division.

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

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 frequency 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 117,000 people.

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