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ABB wins $50 million Hydro-Quebec contract

Mike McLeod   

General Energy ABB Hydro Quebec

Electric grid upgrade to enhance transmission quality and stability.

Zurich, Switzerland – ABB announced an order worth over $50 million from Hydro-Québec to upgrade components of the Canadian power utility’s ultra-high voltage transmission system that helps transport clean hydroelectric power from North to South Quebec.

The two SVCs (Static Var Compensators) in the Nemiscau substation, about 1,000 kilometers north of Montreal, provide fast-acting reactive power compensation in the 735 kilovolt electricity network. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by 2014.

Part of ABB’s family of flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) technologies, SVCs compensate for fluctuations in the voltage and current of an electric grid, thereby allowing more power to flow through the network while maintaining network safety and stability.

One of the biggest electric utilities in North America, Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity, mainly using renewable energy sources.



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