A power and automation group won a $55 million order for three new substations and transmission infrastructure for the Brazilian utility Eolicas do Sul. The order was booked in the second quarter.
ABB will design, supply, install, and commission the substations in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering Uruguay. The project includes two turnkey 34.5 and 138-kV substations, one 138 and 500-kV substation, step-up power transformers, and air and gas-insulated switchgear. ABB will also supply supervisory control and data acquisition and telecommunication systems as well as IEC 61850-compliant substation automation, control, and protection equipment. Step-up transformers increase the voltage of wind-generated power.
ABB will also supply and install two 138-kV overhead transmission lines to connect a new 400-MW windpower plant, one of the largest in the country, to the national grid. The project is scheduled to complete by 2014.
Brazil has traditionally relied on hydropower for much of its electricity supply. This project is part of the government’s efforts to increase the share of wind power as part of its renewable energy portfolio. Brazil currently has over 1,500 MW of installed wind project capacity with another 7,000 MW in the pipeline over the next five years.
Brazil is the largest consumer of electricity in Latin America, using twice as much as its neighbors Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The country’s installed capacity is just over 100,000 MW, which is comparable to Italy or the United Kingdom.
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