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$70m contract to strengthen Mexican power supply

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ABB has won contracts worth $70m for three projects to strengthen Mexico’s power supply. The contracts, awarded by Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the Mexican state-owned utility, will enlarge the transmission network in different parts of the country.

Under the first contract ABB will replace an existing 400kV air-insulated substation with a new, more compact 400kV gas-insulated substation, and carry out other engineering work at the site in the state of Colima.

In a consortium with Electricas de Medellin of Colombia, ABB will supply three turnkey 400 and 230kV air-insulated substations as well as 400kV power transformers, power reactors and control and protection systems related to a power plant in the state of San Luis Potosi.

Under the third contract, ABB is to supply a turnkey 400kV static var compensator (SVC) to a substation in the state of Aguascalientes, with delivery in only 16 months. The SVC is particularly suited to stabilise the network, once disturbances occur.

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