ABB has won a $55m order from Eolicas do Sul to supply three substations and transmission infrastructure, which will help support the Brazilian utility’s wind power development plans.

The power and automation specialist will design, supply, install and commission the substations in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering Uruguay.

The project scope includes two turnkey 34.5/138 kV substations, one 138/500 kV substation, step-up power transformers and air- and gas-insulated switchgear.

ABB will also supply and install two 138 kV overhead transmission lines to connect a new 400 MW wind power plant, one of the largest in the country, to the national electricity grid.

The project is scheduled for completion by 2014, and forms part of the government’s efforts to increase the share of wind power as part of its renewable energy portfolio.

Brazil has added significant wind power in the recent past and currently has over 1500 MW of installed wind capacity with another 7000 MW in the pipeline over the next five years.

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