ABB wins US$ 22 million order for power transmission equipment in Russia

2003-07-01 - High-voltage technology will boost supply to eastern regions

Zurich, Switzerland, July 1, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it has received an order valued at US$ 22 million to supply high-voltage gas insulated switchgear for the Bureyskaya hydropower station in eastern Russia. It is ABB's largest contract for power technology equipment in Russia.

The contracts, signed with OAO Engineering Center of the Unified Energy System of Russia (UES), are for the supply, installation and commissioning of a 500 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS). The equipment will be part of the system which will transmit electricity from the 2,000-megawatt Bureyskaya hydropower station to power hungry regions in eastern Russia.

"The high quality of our technology and our domain expertise, knowing the customer's needs, were key factors for ABB receiving the order," said Peter Smits, head of ABB Power Technologies division. "Our GIS will help to meet growing power requirements. It will transmit electricity with greater reliability to where it is most needed."

The project is due to be completed in mid-2004. The GIS was selected by UES for its reliability and compact design, which met the project site's requirements and environmental constraints.

The contract is part of Russia's plan to upgrade its Far East energy system and to further develop and more efficiently transmit hydropower. Hydropower currently accounts for 15 percent of all power generation in Russia. UES plans to increase power generation from this source from the current 160 billion kWh to 180 billion kWh in 2010, requiring corresponding increases in transmission and distribution capacity.

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 135,000 people.

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