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Swiss power group in USD 55m tech deal to strengthen Canadian grid

ABB wins contract to design technology to increase transmission capacity for power grid in Canada

Canada is to strengthen its power grid
Canada is to strengthen its power grid

A Swiss power firm has won a USD 55m deal to design technology to strengthen the Canadian grid. Power and automation technology company, ABB, have won the contract to increase transmission capacity for the grid as Canada prepares for an increase in power demand. 

The contract will see ABB deliver FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission systems) to the grid in Canada. The company will design and install three series capacitors to increase transmission capacity of the Canadian grid; one at Ruby Creek and two at Seymour Arms.

Brice Koch, head of ABB’s power systems division, said: “These installations will enhance transmission capacity and provide more, clean hydropower to consumers in the region. ABB’s advanced series capacitor technology will also help improve grid reliability and power quality.”

Series capacitors are part of ABB’s family of FACTS technologies, which help enhance the capacity, reliability and flexibility of power transmission systems and facilitate the development of smarter grids. 

ABB claims its 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 and transmission lines. The company said FACTS also address voltage and frequency stability issues and enable the transmission system to run more efficiently.

ABB said the deal is in preparation for a forecast increase in grid demand in Canada. The electricity needs of areas concerned are expected to increase by 50 per cent over the next 20 years, due to economic expansion and a population increase of one million residents.