ABB wins orders to strengthen power grid in Algeria

4 October 2006 — ABB said today it has been awarded three contracts worth $70 million to supply power products and systems that will help Algeria meet rising demand for electricity.

The contracts are scheduled for completion in 15 months. They are the latest in a series of orders ABB has received from Société Nationale d’Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz), the state-owned electricity and gas utility, designed to strengthen and increase Algeria’s electrical supplies.

ABB has announced orders from Algeria this month worth about $500 million,
including two major contracts from oil and gas company Sonatrach: $210
million for compressors and power systems to increase production at the
Hassi R’Mel natural gas fields, and $215 million to supply pumping stations
and automation systems for a 665-kilometer-long oil pipeline.

The work for Sonelgaz includes replacing transformers with a capacity of 60
to 80 MVA with 120 MVA transformers.

To meet power demands immediately, Sonelgaz also ordered two mobile substations rated 220 kV for installation in critical areas until fixed substations are completed.

The third contract involves the design, manufacture, testing, erection and
commissioning of 60 kV gas-insulated switchgear, transformers and
associated equipment. The ABB equipment will be made at factories in Spain,
Italy and Germany.

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