ABB to provide substation upgrade solution for TransAlta’s power station in South Hedland

ABB has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide a substation upgrade solution for a new power station being constructed in South Hedland, Western Australia by TransAlta.

ABB is responsible for connecting the transmission grid to the new 150 MW combined cycle gas power station currently under construction.

The upgraded substation will enable TransAlta’s new South Hedland Power Station (SHPS) to supply electricity to Fortescue Metals Group and Horizon Power, a state owned utility in the Pilbara.

The South Headland Temporary Generation plant installation, owned by Horizon Power, consists of a number of temporary open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power generation units, associated equipment and 220 kV high voltage substation facilities. The power station upgrade project involves the augmentation of the existing facilities and integration into the new permanent power generation and power export facilities to meet the operating requirements of the new TransAlta power station.

Markus John, ABB’s substation business unit manager for Australia commented that ABB’s engineered solution selected for the substation augmentation project will provide reliable bulk power capacity and facilitate access to electricity for residential and industry consumers in the remote Pilbara region.

ABB’s scope of work includes design, engineering, supply and commissioning of the substation upgrade and provide air-insulated switchgear, 11/220 kV generator transformer, protection and substation automation modifications. The substation augmentation project is scheduled for completion in early 2016.

ABB is the world’s leading supplier of air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kV. These substations facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimal environmental impact, serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as railways, urban transportation and renewables.

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