ABB wins $60 million Three Gorges order

ABB has today been awarded contracts worth $60 million to supply a 500kV gas insulated switchgear and 12 sets of power transformers to China’s Three Gorges dam project.

ABB has today been awarded contracts worth $60 million to supply a 500kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) and 12 sets of power transformers for the right-bank power plant of China’s Three Gorges dam project.

Under the terms of contract, ABB will deliver 12 sets of three-phase 840MVA/550KV transformers. They will be manufactured at ABB’s Chongqing site, the group’s single largest investment in China, which employs about 700 people.

The contracts to supply the 500 kV GIS have been awarded by the Three Gorges Project Corporation to Xian High Voltage Switchgear Company and New Northeast Electric (Shenyang) High Voltage Switchgear Company. ABB received subcontracts from both to deliver parts to the station. Delivery will be in the first half of 2006.

ABB has already installed 500kV gas-insulated switchgear in the Three Gorges left-bank power plant. Combined with the latest 500kV delivery, it will be the largest GIS installation in the world.

ABB has won orders exceeding $1.3 billion over the past five years to supply the Three Gorges project with transformers, gas-insulated switchgear, automation controls systems, and three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) links between the Three Gorges dam and regions of eastern China.

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