ABB has won an order worth about $16 million from Energinet.dk, the transmission system operator in Denmark and 50 Hertz, the transmission system operator responsible for the eastern part of Germany, to upgrade the 600 MW Kontek high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link. The order was booked in the third quarter.
The project scope includes installation of ABB’s state-of-the-art MACH control and protection system, remote operator work stations, training and spare parts. The link was originally delivered by ABB in 1995 and the modernization will help enhance the operational reliability of the link and reduce maintenance needs. The upgraded link is scheduled to go into full operation in 2016.
“This upgrade reinforces ABB’s focus and commitment to supporting customers throughout the lifecycle of the products and systems it delivers," said Hanspeter Faessler, head of ABB's Grid Systems business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. “It also underlines the company’s growing focus on service business.”
ABB has built up significant experience in upgrading HVDC links around the world and is working on many such projects as several installations are coming of age. This is the 23rd major HVDC modernization project for ABB since 1990, including 17 control system upgrades.
ABB’s MACH system is the world's most extensively deployed control solution for HVDC and Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) installations, with over 1,100 such systems in operation throughout the world.