ABB has won an order worth around US$75 million to supply advanced converter transformers for the Belo Monte 800 kV ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link.
The 2,518 km link will transmit clean power generated in the north of Brazil, from the Xingu substation, to the Rio Substation in the southeast. It will be capable of transporting up to 4000 MW of electricity - enough to meet the needs of around ten million people. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2016.
ABB supplies for the Belo Monte UHVDC link include fourteen 400 MVA, 400 kV converter transformers and other related equipment. Converter transformers are among the most vital components in a transmission system, enabling grid stability and power reliability, while minimizing losses.
Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division said:
“Ultra-high voltage technologies are a key focus area of our Next Level strategy, and our advanced converter transformers are making it possible to integrate renewable energy sources and transmit clean power across long distances with minimum losses, reliably and efficiently. We have a long and successful track record in Brazil and remain committed to continue supporting the country’s power infrastructure development.”
ABB’s transformers' portfolio includes power transformers rated up to 1,200 kV, dry- and liquid-distribution transformers, traction and special application transformers and related components. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.