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

World-leading power and automation technology group, 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

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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