ABB awarded $150m

ABB will supply power systems and grid connections for a new combined-cycle power plant in the Netherlands following the award of a contract worth $150m.

ABB has won a $150m contract to provide power systems and grid connections for a natural gas and steam-turbine (combined-cycle) power plant to be built in the Netherlands.

The new 1,300MW Nuon Magnum power plant for the Dutch utility Nuon will be located in Eemshaven, in the province of Groningen, on the North Sea coast. It will feed electricity into the existing Dutch high-voltage grid and could supply power to around two million households.

Initially, the combined cycles will be fired with natural gas. At a later date, Nuon aims to convert the power plant to a fully integrated gasification combined-cycle plant, accommodating carbon capture technologies. The gasifier will convert coal and biomass into syngas, a mixture of CO, CO2 and hydrogen, which will be used to fuel the combined-cycle power plant.

The new plant, scheduled to go online in early 2011, will consist of three units, each producing about 430MW.

ABB’s scope of supply includes electrical components for the auxiliary power supply systems, a 380kV high-voltage substation and the switchgear building.

ABB will also supply 380kV cables, transformers, generator breakers, medium- and low-voltage switchgear, emergency-power diesel sets, batteries and communication systems, as well as engineering, installation, commissioning and training.