ABB has won orders worth $80m from Itaipu Binacional, operator of the Itaipu hydropower plant, a build a new substation in Paraguay and to expand an existing installation. The civil works will be carried out by CIE, a Paraguayan construction company.
ABB will build a new air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation rated at 500/220/66 kV to connect the electricity generated at Itaipu to a new 500 kV transmission line currently being built to help meet increasing electricity demand in Paraguay. The existing 500 kV substation in Itaipu will also be expanded.
“The new substation and extension will enhance transmission capacity and support the development of Paraguay’s power infrastructure,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.
ABB will design, engineer, supply, erect and commission the substations, including the civil works and provide customer training. Major products to be supplied include power transformers, high- and medium-voltage AIS, instrument transformers, surge arresters, cables and auxiliary systems.
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