ABB has won orders worth $50m from Taiwan's Formosa Plastic Group to provide four gas-insulated switchgear substations for a new steel complex being built in Vietnam.
The substations will support the first phase of the new Formosa steel complex, which is being constructed by Formosa subsidiary Hung Nghiep Formosa Hà Tinh Steel.
Located some 400km south-east of Hanoi in the Vung Ang Economic Zone, the complex, spanning 3,300ha, will house four steel furnaces with a combined output of over 15mt a year.
The facility will also have a 1,600MW thermal power plant and the Son Duong deep-water port with an annual throughput of 30mt.
Commenting on the order, ABB Power Systems division head Brice Koch said: "These substations will enhance power transmission capacity and improve quality and reliability of supply for critical processes and sustain productivity at the new steel complex.
"We will leverage our advanced technologies, project management capability and extensive experience to execute this extensive project and contribute to the development of Vietnam's infrastructure."
The Swiss power and automation group is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the substations.
The firm will deliver the supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA), telecommunications equipment and the substation automation, control and protection systems.
These products would enable Formosa unit to remotely monitor and control power assets from central control rooms.
The project is expected to be completed by 2014.
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