Venezuelan power brings $41 million to ABB

ABB has won three contracts worth $41 million in Venezuela to provide a power transmission system that will extend the country’s power system and increase its power supply by more than 10%.

The contracts, signed with state-owned power company CVG Electrificación del Caroní, CA (EDELCA), are to design and build a 400kV substation and four related 400kV transmission lines that will connect the 2,160MW Caruachi hydroelectric power plant with the country’s transmission network.

The project scope includes all high-voltage equipment, associated switchyard equipment and computerised protection and control equipment. ABB is also responsible for all electrical and mechanical design for the substation and civil work, erection and commissioning for both contracts. The total project is scheduled for completion in March 2004.

ABB delivered three similar substations and transmission lines to EDELCA as part of the interconnection between Venezuela and Brazil, which went online in 2001.

When fully complete in 2006, the power plant at Caruachi will be capable of producing approximately 12,000 GWh annually, boosting Venezuela’s total generating capacity by around 11%.

These are ABB’s second major orders from state-owned power companies in Venezuela in the past six months. In December 2001, ABB won a $28 million order from ENELVEN to install high technology systems to boost the capacity of five existing transmission lines serving the country’s Maracaibo region.

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