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ABB wins US$16 million order for Brazil

Rio de Janeiro prepares for World Cup and Olympics with ABB's help

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Brazil's World Cup and Olympic preparations boosted as ABB updates power grid. (Getty Images)
Brazil's World Cup and Olympic preparations boosted as ABB updates power grid. (Getty Images)

A $16 million order to upgrade the automation and protection systems in 25 substations for the Brazilian power distribution utility, Light SA, has been won by ABB.

The project is part of an extensive modernisation programme being carried out by the utility in the Rio de Janeiro region, to improve grId reliability as part of the preparations for the soccer World Cup in 2014, and the 2016 Olympic Games.

ABB is to install substation automation systems comprising a range of protection and control equipment, and also more than 1,250 RELION relays, COMBIFLEX modular relays and a microSCADA Pro supervisory system.

“This solution will help improve the reliability of power supplies and grid stability in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro,” said Jens Birgersson, head of ABB’s Network Management business within the company’s power systems division. “The system will also enable remote monitoring and control of the substations, bringing efficiency and cost savings.”

The project is due for completion by 2013.

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