Three Gorges contracts

ABB and Siemens have been awarded contracts for high voltage equipment for the Three Gorges hydropower project in China. The equipment includes 15 main transformers and 39 high voltage switching systems, worth a total of $205.6m.

ABB`s part of this was worth $112m for the delivery of switchgear. Under the terms of contract, ABB will deliver 500 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) for a substation at the dam site. The contract is the third that ABB has won for the massive infrastructure project. In August 1997 the company won a $250m order to deliver eight 700 MW hydro generators to the project. In April of this year ABB won another order to provide two converter stations for a 3000 MW link between Three Gorges and the coastal province of Jiangsu and Shanghai area.

The two companies will start supplying the facilities in 2002 and put them into operation between 2003 and 2006.