ABB provides electric devices and control systems for POWERCHINA’s largest overseas hydropower project

2016-12-06 - Beijing, November 25, 2016

ABB is working with Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA) to provide Coca Codo Sinclair Hydropower Plant in Ecuador with state-of-the-art electrical equipments and control systems, ensuring efficient and reliable operation of this huge hydropower project. It is so far the largest overseas EPC hydropower project undertaken by POWERCHINA.

The inauguration of the Coca Codo Sinclair Hydropower Plant, can not only satisfy one-third of Ecuador’s electricity demand and increase the proportion of clean energy in its energy mix, but also convert the country from an energy importer into an exporter. On November 18, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Chinese President Xi Jinping who was paying a state visit to the country witnessed the inauguration ceremony of the facility.

ABB has provided a series of electrical equipments and control systems including computer monitoring system, protection system, failure wave recording system, ventilation control system, industrial television system, DC power system, disconnectors and switchgears for a 500kV substation, lightning arresters, voltage transformers and supporting insulators as well as commissioning, training, trial operation and field services for these equipment and systems. In addition, ABB will install an automatic generation control (AGC) system which helps the project control power output based on load fluctuations to achieve high-quality power supply.

POWERCHINA is a conglomerate providing comprehensive services from investment, planning, designing, engineering construction to equipment manufacturing and operation management in the fields of water, power and infrastructure. Its vision is to become a top global enterprise in the development of renewable energy and hydropower resources. To date, it has undertaken more than 50% of the world’s large and medium-sized water conservancy and hydropower construction projects.

In recent years, ABB has been joining hands with Chinese enterprises and supporting their exploration of overseas markets in the fields of utilities, industry, transportation and infrastructure with its technical expertise and global footprint. ABB has cooperated closely with many Chinese enterprises including POWERCHINA, CRRC, Sinopec, CNPC, Northern Heavy Industries Group, CNBM and Harbin Electric Corporation, providing power and automation products, solutions and services for many of their EPC projects in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,000 employees, 40 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 147 cities.

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