ABB has won orders worth around $45 million from U.S. utility Oncor, to provide electrical solutions that will increase transmission capacity, ensure grid stability and facilitate the integration of renewable power in Texas. The order was booked in the first quarter.
ABB’s flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) will be incorporated into the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) program, which aims to increase the contribution of renewable energy in Texas by up to 18 gigawatts (GW). Completion of the transmission systems within CREZ will allow energy customers in the region to benefit from one of the world’s largest wind generation installations.
ABB will design, supply, install and commission one static var compensator (SVC) and two series compensators (SCs). “These FACTS solutions will boost power capacity, support the integration of wind power in Texas and help improve grid reliability in the region,” said Brice Koch, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “ABB has a strong track record of delivering environmentally friendly SVC and SC solutions around the world and we have a large installed base in the US, having executed several similar projects for Oncor.”