ABB has won a $40 million order to design and build a new high voltage power transmission corridor, including the installation of fibre optics, to Nigeria’s new federal capital of Abuja.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Power and Steel and the Nigerian Electricity Authority (NEPA) placed the order as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the country’s electrical infrastructure to support economic development. The installation of optical fibre throughout the entire line will allow Abuja and the rest of the country to build up its telecommunications and data communications capability.
The project involved the design, manufacture, erection and commissioning of the 144km, 330kV link between Shiroro and Abuja, including transmission towers and power lines, and all related electrical systems and equipment. ABB has said the project includes the transfer of high voltage transmission engineering technology from Europe and from its operations in South Africa. Technology and equipment from ABB in Nigeria and South Africa will make up some 70% of the total delivery.
‘This is a significant order for ABB in Africa and is the direct result of our strong local presence and expertise in both Nigeria and South Africa, the two biggest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and our ability to transfer technology across borders,’ said Sune Karlsson (pictured), executive vice-president and head of ABB’s power transmission business segments.
Work on the project will begin immediately, and is expected to be completed within two years.