Swiss power firm ABB has received orders to deliver substations and related power infrastructure to facilitate integration of renewable energy and reinforce the power transmission grid in Brazil.
The $30m orders were awarded by Brazil-based renewable energy producer Casa dos Ventos. They will see ABB deliver the equipment to enable power integration from two new wind energy complexes, which comprises of 13 wind farms in total.
The projects under concern are the 216MW São Clemente and 130MW Tianguá. They are located in the states of Pernambuco and Ceará in north-eastern parts of the country and have been scheduled for completion in 2016.
Once operational, the wind complexes are expected to meet the energy requirements of around 300,000 local households.
ABB will supply 230kV and 69kV air-insulated switchgear substations, including compact 34.5kV substations with distribution transformers, connection bays, and overhead lines for the projects.
The substations will feature IEC 61850-compliant open standard automation capabilities along with control and protection systems, which will facilitate monitoring and control of all power assets at the facilities.
ABB Power Systems division president Claudio Facchin said: "These substations and related infrastructure will facilitate the integration, transmission and distribution of clean wind energy to serve growing electricity needs in the region.
"They will also help strengthen grid reliability and secure power supplies. This order is a further example of ABB’s Next Level Strategy and our focus on expanding in growing markets."
The firm will also supply reclosers, which are the circuit breakers designed to interrupt short-circuit current, to bring down the impact of disruptions at the complexes, arising due to the intermittent wind power integration into the grid.
Image: ABB to provide substations and power infrastructure for two Brazilian wind complexes. Photo: courtesy of ABB.