14 Jul ABB wins $30m contract from Stattnett to boost supplies from renewables
ABB has won a US$30 million contract from Norway’s transmission system operator Statnett for two substations to strengthen grid reliability and increase power supplies from new renewable energy sources.
The Swiss firm said the increased transmission capacity will help facilitate the connection of more wind and hydro power and support the expansion of industrial production.
Around 99% of electricity produced on the Norwegian mainland comes from hydropower, but there is potential for onshore and offshore wind, as well as wave power and bioenergy from wood.
The substations will also play a role in connecting the Norwegian grid to the UK and Germany as part of a Vestre corridor – Western Corridor – project to upgrade the transmission network in the region, ABB said.
The work will include the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning for the two new 420kV substations at Lyse and Fjotland.
ABB will supply all the major electrical equipment, including the 420kV gas-insulated switchgear, live tank circuit breaks, instrument transformers and surge arresters.
The project will be carried out in partnership with civil contractor NCC.