ABB to modernize Armenia's power supply system

2003-06-24 - US$ 10 million order to revamp four distribution substations

Zurich, Switzerland, June 23, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automatation technology group, today announced it has received an order from PIO SI "Energyinvest" in Yerewan valued at US$ 10 million to revamp the power supply system.

The scope of the refurbishment project includes the installation of modern ABB technology in four distribution substations within the next twenty months. The project will help Armenia to meet the increasing demand for power and provide a more reliable power supply.

Armenia's existing 110 and 220 kilovolt networks are no longer capable of meeting present demands for a reliable power supply because they are equipped with outdated switchgear technology. As a result, the Armenian Energy Ministry, with international assistance, has been undertaking a series of projects over the past several years to improve the entire power supply system. The contract awarded to ABB for the first phase of the modernization was made possible by a loan from the World Bank.

The project comprises refurbishment tasks for the four substations that distribute power to the region around the capital city of Yerewan. One of the stations also ties into the nuclear power station ANPP, the largest power producer in Armenia, which generates twice 407.5 MW. Substations are required to transform power from the high-voltage level down to the level needed by consumers.

The scope of the modernization work includes replacing numerous older system components with new equipment. The initial twenty-four month project schedule will be reduced to twenty months by working in parallel on all four substations.

At the end of 2002, ABB completed a two-year project in Armenia to refurbish the Kanaker hydro power station in Yerewan. The customer has already prequalified ABB for an additional project in the power distribution sector.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impacts. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people worldwide.

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    Substations are required to transform power from the high-voltage level down to the level needed by consumers

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