ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $15 million from Mongolia’s leading mining company, Oyu Tolgoi LLC, to boost the capacity and reliability of existing transmission lines so that more power will reach its gold and copper mines in the Gobi desert, with minimal environmental impact. The order was received in the fourth quarter of 2010.
“This environmentally friendly solution will increase power capacity, improve grid stability and secure power supply to the mine and surrounding areas, contributing to the development of the region,” said Martin Gross, head of ABB’s Grid Systems business, within the company’s Power Systems division.
ABB will design, supply, install and commission two SVCs (static var compensators) by 2012, each with a rating of -100/+100 MVAr (megavolt ampere reactive). SVC is part of ABB’s family of FACTS technologies, which enhance the capacity, security and flexibility of power transmission systems, and make an important contribution to the development of smart grids.
FACTS technologies allow more power to reach consumers with minimal environmental impact, lower investment costs and shorter implementation times than the traditional alternative of building new power plants or transmission lines. They also help address voltage and frequency stability issues and enable the transmission system to run more efficiently. ABB is a global leader in the growing field of FACTS, and has more than 700 such installations in operation or under construction across the world.
ABB wins $15MM power transmission order in Mongolia