ABB wins US$ 25 million substation order in Algeria

2004-10-29 - Upgrade of eight substations to increase power supply capacity

Zürich, Switzerland, November XX, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced the winning of a turnkey contract worth US$ 25 million to upgrade eight existing substations in Algeria.

The contract, signed with GRTE (gestionnaire du réseau transport électricité), formerly called Sonelgaz, is designed to meet the growing demand for energy in the area of the capital Alger and comprises extensions as well as upgrades of various 220/60/30 and 10kV substations. The challenge of the Ben Aknoun project is to manage the upgrade with minimal power interruptions for the consumers and to meet the short delivery time of just 15 months.

"Our ability to complete the project in a short execution time and the reliability of our technology were decisive to win the order," said Peter Smits, head of ABB's Power Technologies division. "In addition, we proofed to be a reliable partner for GRTE in Algeria in recent similar projects."

The project involves the design, manufacture, testing, erection and commissioning of the switchgear, new transformers and associated equipment. ABB will supply power transformers, various high-voltage equipment as well as control and protection panels, including substation automation and telecommunication systems.

A major part of the project is the replacement of 125 medium voltage switchgear cubicles whereby installation has to done step by step in order to maintain the power supply to the customers. The first bays are scheduled to be delivered in March 2005.

It is the latest contract in a series of orders from GRTE. Including the Ben Aknoun contract, ABB has already won contracts worth $105 million in 2004.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while reducing the environmental impact of their installations. The ABB Group of companies operates in approximately 100 countries and employ about 103,000 people.

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