ABB's Power Grids business has signed a five-year framework contract estimated to be worth around US$100 million with South America's largest utilities company, Interconexion Electrica S.A. E.S.P. (ISA). ISA currently operates over 62,000 km of power transmission infrastructure with over 7000 km more under construction. The company also provides services in transportation, information, and telecommunications.
Highly reliable shunt reactors will be supplied ensuring that the voltage stays within safe limits, avoiding possible blackouts. Managing electric transmission is a constant balancing act and electrical stability can be a challenge at high voltages and over long distances, because, as distance increases, voltage becomes less stable.
To protect the electrical network and help prevent power outages, the contract also includes the supply of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), air-insulated switchgear (AIS) equipment such as circuit breakers, instrument transformers, and hybrid modules.
"ABB Power Grids is shaping the future of sustainable energy and our purpose is fully aligned with ISA's goal of ensuring a sustainable power supply in South America and mitigating climate change," said Claudio Facchin, president, ABB Power Grids. "Our pioneering technologies are extending access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, increasing efficiency and competitiveness, while paving the way for bulk renewable integration and an interconnected global grid."