In India, the Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board is partnering with ABB to upgrade its energy distribution infrastructure.According to the Economic Times, ABB made an announcement of how it will modernise the utility’s grid network using latest innovative digital technologies and grid assets.
The plan includes the installation of some 20 smart grid sub-stations in Himachal Pradesh to enable the utility to improve the efficiency and reliability of distribution network through enhanced management, monitoring and operation of grid system.
ABB says the sub-stations will be integrated with open-standard technologies to enable them to be upgraded in future for the utility to meet changing utility business models, technology standards and consumer demands.
The partnership falls under the country’s Smart Grid Vision programme which aims to improve the reliability of grid networks in remote regions through an increase in adoption of renewable energy, smart grid and digital technologies.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, ABB secured a $30 million contract to develop a substation which will provide consumers with electricity generated from a new 3,000MW power plant in southern Iraq.
The power plant named Rumaila will be operated by Independent Power Producer Shamara Holding Group. The substations will include the company’s 400KV air insulated switchgear and advanced digital control and telecommunication system to enable remote management and operation of the substations.
The completion of the substation is expected to help Iraq increase its total energy capacity by 20% and reduce energy shortages in the Middle Eastern state.
According to a statement, the project will enable 13,000MW of energy to be integrated into the country energy system which currently is experiencing 23,000MW of peak load demand resulting in Iraq implementing load shedding to meet demand.
According to ABB, Iraq has 34 million energy consumers experiencing 15 hours of load shedding each day.
ABB and utility energy management
In late May, ABB was selected by Italian utility Consorzio di Bonifica Veronese (CBV) to manage the energy consumption associated with its water distribution infrastructure.
Under the partnership, the two companies deployed a pilot in which ABB's energy management solution, Ability Electrical Distribution Control System, was integrated with part of the utility's distribution network. Read more...