ABB secures WA power supply contracts

Power and automation technology group ABB has been awarded a contract for the supply and service of distribution transformers by Western Power. The five-year period contract will see ABB’s local and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Perth, continue to produce and service distribution transformers for installation across a vast and growing power network, located in the south-west of Western Australia.
The contract scope includes the design, engineering, supply and service of 10kVA to 1000kVA up to 33kV rated distribution transformers.

ABB Australia’s purpose-built transformer manufacturing facility located in the Perth metropolitan area of Malaga will design and produce approximately ninety percent of the transformers. With factories in ABB’s regional network in Singapore, Hefei and Hanoi to provide manufacturing capacity support should the Malaga facility be unable to satisfy local volume-demand requirements.

“The key to securing this contract was our understanding of Western Power’s transformer technology requirements developed through our longstanding relationship and proven ability to meet their needs in the most cost effective manner,” ABB Australia country manager Axel Kuhr said.

“ABB’s transformers will help strengthen the reliability of the electricity network and support the company as it strives to satisfy the growing demand for electricity in Western Australia.”

ABB also won orders in March worth around $100 million from Rio Tinto for 17 distribution substations to support increased production at iron ore mines in Western Australia.

The upgrades and installation of new power infrastructure will raise the voltage level of the existing distribution substations and increase the power supply to support the expansion of existing iron ore mines in the Pilbara region.

“Our proven substation capabilities and leading-edge technologies will help Rio Tinto meet the need for increased electricity and support efficiency at their expanding operations,” Mr Kuhr said.
“These solutions will also help reinforce the reliability of the grid and ensure the supply of high quality power.”