Money for power

ABB has won contracts worth a total of $181 million to upgrade Algeria’s power grid and to construct a compressor station along the Yamal-Europe natural gas
pipeline.

ABB has won contracts worth a total of $181 million to upgrade Algeria’s power grid and to construct a compressor station along the Yamal-Europe natural gas pipeline.

The first three contracts, worth $85 million, were awarded to the company by Algeria’s state-owned utility, Sonelgaz, for three projects that will upgrade Algeria’s power grid to meet the demand for power in the capital city of Algiers as well as the heavily industrialised Algerian coastal region.

The three projects are scheduled for completion within 15 months. The first will improve power distribution in greater Algiers with the installation of 60kV substations, corresponding automation technology and 15 km of overhead transmission lines in the suburban centres of Meftah and Mazafran.

The second project, called Ravin Blanc, will increase the capacity of the existing power grid in northwestern Algeria, and includes installing four turnkey 60kV substations near the coastal city of Oran.

The third, called Touggourt/Biskra, is an urgently needed expansion of two existing 220kV substations to improve power distribution to Algeria’s northeastern region.

A number of high-end power components will be supplied by ABB in Germany, as well as project planning and management. Equipment includes gas-insulated switchgear, substation protection and control systems, and a SCADA network management system. ABB has opened a project office in Algiers to manage local activities like transportation, construction and assembly.

The other contract, worth $96 million, was awarded to ABB by Europol Gaz and pipeline contractor Bartimpex to construct a compressor station along the Yamal-Europe natural gas pipeline.

ABB will build the turnkey compressor station, which will incorporate three 25 MW turbo compressor units, near the Polish city of Zambrow. ABB will also supply products for control, automation, and electro-technical systems, as well as full project management services including design, procurement, systems’ assembly and commissioning.

This latest contract follows a $190 million award to ABB in early 2004 for construction of two other compressor stations near the cities of Szamotuly and Ciechanow.

The Zambrow station, set for start-up at the end of 2005, will complete the Polish pipeline section, helping to boost annual capacity from its current 20 billion cubic meters (BCM) to nearly 33 BCM.

The Yamal-Europe transit pipeline spans some 4,000 kilometers, connecting rich natural gas deposits on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula with Western Europe.

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