ABB in $150m China UHVDC deal

ABB has landed an order worth around $150m to supply key components for the world’s highest capacity power transmission project, a 1,670km ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) trunkline in China.

The Power technology group will supply equipment including converter transformers, DC filter capacitors and converter valves for the Xiluodu-Zhexi link.

The 8GW line will carry 40TWh of hydropower-generated energy a year from Sichuan province in southwest China to Zhejiang province on the east coast.

“We are pleased to continue supporting China’s efforts to build one of the most extensive and advanced power networks in the world,” says Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB’s Power Products division.

Renewable energy sent through the UHVDC transmission line, which is to supply electricity to some 11 million Chinese, is expected to eliminate the combustion of more than 12 million tonnes of coal, cutting carbon emissions by as much as 34 million tonnes annually.