Switzerland’s ABB has won an order worth $19m from Fingrid, the national transmission system operator, to expand and upgrade an existing 400 kV/110 kV substation.
The project is part of an extensive investment programme to strengthen the country’s main electrical grid and prepare for the integration of new carbon neutral electricity generation capacity being added.
ABB will refurbish and expand the 400 kV outdoor switchyard, replace the 110 kV outdoor switchgear and upgrade protection systems at the Hikia substation, located in Hausjarvi in southern Finland.
As part of the turnkey project, ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of the substation. The project will be implemented in an operating network, requiring detailed planning and execution, and is expected to be completed by 2013.
“The compact and low maintenance technologies being deployed reduce footprint and optimize overall life-cycle cost,” said Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB’s substations business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division.
“The substation will help to enhance transmission capacity and improve power stability in the region.”
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