Automation firm’s FACTS systems to increase capacity of Canadian power grid.
ABB has won orders worth approximately $55 million from Canadian utility BC Hydro to deliver flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) to increase transmission capacity through new and existing power lines.
The automation company will design, supply, install and commission three series capacitors: two at Seymour Arm and one at Ruby Creek. The installation at Seymour Arm will be in service by the end of 2013 and Ruby Creek the following year.
BC Hydro forecasts that the province’s electricity needs will grow by approximately 50 per cent over the next 20 years, driven by a projected population increase of more than one million residents and economic expansion.
The Ruby Creek installation is part of the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project, a new 500 kV line being constructed to help ensure that homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island continue to receive clean and reliable energy. The Seymour Arm series capacitor will enable more power flow without having to construct an additional transmission line.