VA Tech T&D wins two substations in Algeria

5 June 2002 – Austria’s VA Tech Transmission & Distribution (VA Tech), has been awarded the contract to construct two 220/60 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) Substations at Bir Rebaa North and at Menzel Lemdjet North in the Hassi Berkine region of Algeria.

The turnkey contract, covering Engineering, Supply, Construction (civil engineering and equipment erection) and Commissioning for both Substations is valued at € 29 m and has been placed by Sonatrach Engineering and Construction Division.

The Substations are designed to supply electrical energy to the national petrochemical industry in the Hassi Berkine region of Algeria.

The Bir Rebaa North Substation includes 220kV HB9 Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) with five bays including two incoming lines, one bus coupler and two transformer outgoing feeders, 60kV HB7 GIS installation with seven bays, four incoming lines, one bus coupler and two transformer outgoing feeders, and two 220/60kV 80 MVA transformers.

The Menzel Lemdjet North Substation includes 220kV HB9 Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) with five bays, two incoming lines, one bus coupler and two transformer outgoing feeders, 60kV HB7 GIS with nine bays, six incoming lines, one bus coupler and two transformer outgoing feeders and two 220/60kV 120 MVA transformers.

Work on the contract started in early March to include all earthworks, buildings and equipment erection. Commissioning of the Substations is planned for August 2003.

“This contract in Algeria reflects our growing expertise in this market” said Klaus Brenner, VA Tech T&D Chairman of the Board “and will enable us to set up a permanent structure in Algeria to more closely support and service our customers to reinforce our good relationships with our Algerian clients”.

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