ABB wins power products order in Kazakhstan
Zurich, Switzerland-based ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $12 million for high-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) from Astana Regionalnaya Elektro Setevaya Companiya (AREK), the city's utility provider.
ABB will supply 18 bays of 110 kilovolt (kV) and 16 bays of 220 kV GIS that will form an integral part of the Shygys and Dostyk substations, scheduled to be energized in June 2013. ABB has previously supplied similar equipment in 2010 for the Batys substation.
Astana became the new capital of Kazakhstan in 1997 and is the country's second largest city after Almaty. It has been experiencing a construction boom as it strives to position itself as the premier city of Kazakhstan and Central Asia. One of the major infrastructure projects being executed to support this ambition is the construction of a 220 kV overhead transmission system with three supporting substations to provide the capital with a safe and reliable power transmission and distribution backbone.
ABB pioneered high-voltage GIS in the mid-1960s and as a market leader, continues to drive technology and innovation, offering a full range product portfolio with voltage levels from 72.5 kilovolts (kV) to 1, 200 kV. The compactness, low-weight and robust design features enable the equipment to be deployed in constrained spaces and harsh conditions to enhance grid reliability and efficiency with minimum maintenance needs.
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