Substation order to enhance Brazil

September 13th, 2013, Published in Articles: Energize

ABB has won an order worth around $30-million from Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. to construct a new indoor transmission substation in downtown Rio de Janeiro to power the renowned Maracanã soccer stadium and the adjacent neighborhood. The order was booked in the second quarter. The Maracanã stadium was the world’s largest when originally inaugurated in 1950, with space for around 200 000 spectators. It has been completely rebuilt for the forthcoming World Cup and, with a capacity of more than 75 000 people, is still the largest stadium in Brazil. It will host seven games in 2014 including the World Cup final. Brazil is boosting its power capacity and enhancing its transmission and distribution infrastructure to ensure that its electricity grid can meet the needs of its expanding economy as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. These sporting events are likely to place huge additional demands on the grid as hundreds of thousands of fans and visitors descend on the twelve host cities. The company is to design, supply, install and commission a new indoor substation to replace a 40-year-old installation in Grajau, near the Maracanã stadium. Thanks to the compact footprint of the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), the new higher-capacity facility can be built on the same plot of land as the existing substation.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB, Tel, 010 202-5000 shivani.chetram@za.abb.com

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