ABB to manufacture land cables at new plant

ABB is to build a new factory in the US to manufacture high-voltage land cables for power transmission.

The plant will manufacture land cables for use in both AC and DC applications. The company will invest approximately $90m (£63m) in the facility, which is expected to employ around 100 people.

The selection process for the site of the factory is currently under way.

’Cables play a key role in the efficiency and reliability of long-distance power transmission,’ said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. ’The need to upgrade the existing transmission infrastructure in the US to provide grid interconnections and integrate more renewable power into the grid is driving demand for cables.’

ABB has been manufacturing polymeric insulated cables since the early 1970s.

The company’s offering includes XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulated cables for use in high-voltage applications up to 500kV. ABB has delivered more than 7,200km of XLPE cables for voltage levels higher than 100kV around the world.