Eletronorte orders SVC unit from ABB to help power Brazil

Power and automation technologies company ABB has won an order worth $20m (£12.4m) from energy provider Eletronorte to provide an SVC (static var compensation) unit that will help enhance the capacity and reliability of power supplies in the Maranhão-region of Brazil.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission the SVC unit in São Luis, thereby boosting electricity supply through existing 230kV transmission lines to improve voltage control and 500kV system performance during contingencies.

The new SVC unit, which is expected to be completed by 2012, will also control the previously installed SVC at the São Luís II substation.