ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $19 million from Fingrid, the transmission system operator in Finland, to expand and upgrade an existing 400/110 kV (kilovolt) substation.
The project is part of an extensive investment program 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 Hikiä substation, located in Hausjärvi in southern Finland. Some of the major products to be supplied include the 400 kV disconnecting circuit breakers and the 110 kV gas-insulated switchgear.
“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.”
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.
Substations are key installations in the power grid that facilitate the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. They include equipment that protects and controls the flow of electrical power. ABB is the world’s leading supplier of air- and gas-insulated substations covering a range of voltage levels up to 1,100 kV.
ABB (abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people.