ABB wins SVC Light® contract for power quality improvement in steel industry in Japan

2008-08-18 - Flexible AC transmission system stabilizes metallurgical process and maintains power quality

Zurich, Switzerland, August 10, 2008 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it has received an order totalling $8.5 million to install flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) for a steel plant in Japan.

The contract was awarded by LSIS, a South Korean contractor and manufacturer of electrical equipment, for an SVC Light® rated at -10/+90 Mvar at 22 kV, for stabilizing the voltage feeding an electric arc furnace (EAF), as well as for mitigation of electric disturbances emanating from the steel making process, and if unremedied, detrimental to power quality in the feeding grid.

The plant is Asia Special Steel Co., Ltd., located in Fukuoka Prefecture. The main contractor is POSCO E&C which is a sister company of POSCO. POSCO is Korea´s largest steel producer. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2008. “The contract is a breakthrough for ABB’s FACTS technology on the important Japanese market,” says Per Eckemark, head of ABB’s FACTS unit in Västerås.

SVC Light® is part of ABB’s FACTS portfolio. The term FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission Systems) covers a number of technologies that enhance the security, capacity and flexibility of power transmission and distribution systems, as well as enhance productivity and power quality in industry.

SVC Light® is a unique power semiconductor technology based on power transistors (IGBT, insulated-gate bipolar transistors). In steel metallurgical industry, due to its very high dynamic response, it is unrivalled particularly as a mitigator of incandescent lamp flicker.

ABB is a worldwide leader in the growing field of FACTS, with more than 700 installations in operation or under construction all over the world.

ABB (www.abb.com) 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 115,000 people.

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