Automation and power technology provider ABB has won a $35m supply order for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and shunt reactors from electricity transmission system operator Elia in Belgium.
According to the contract, ABB will design, supply, and commission 420kV gas-insulated switchgear and 130MVAr shunt reactors for three 380kV substations in the country.
The power equipment delivery is expected to stabilise and increase the capacity of Belgium’s power grid, opening up room for more wind power generation.
The gas-insulated switchgear is expected to control, protect, and isolate electrical equipment to increase reliability of the country’s power supply.
ABB’s shunt reactors will be able to boost the energy efficiency of transmission through enhanced power quality and lowered transmission costs.
The order for the power equipment delivery was booked in the fourth quarter of 2014.
ABB Power Products president Bernhard Jucker said: "ABB’s latest GIS is extremely compact and offers high-reliability and safety while minimising environmental impact."
Elia is responsible for the Stevin project in Belgium, which includes construction of a 47km double 380kV high-voltage line connecting Zomergem and Zeebrugge.
The project will ensure availability of offshore wind power on land and its transmission for the domestic market.
The capacity increment is also expected to power transmission through subsea direct-current connection between the country and the UK.
Once operational, the project could help Belgium’s renewable power generation increase 13% by 2020.