ABB wins large power line order from Brazil

The Swiss-based engineering group ABB has announced orders worth $540 million (SFr580 million) to supply the world's longest power transmission link in Brazil.

This content was published on July 29, 2009 - 11:00

ABB, which is based in Zurich, said the orders were made from the Abengoa Group for the delivery of key technology.

The so-called power highway will link two hydropower plants in the northwest of the country with São Paulo, Brazil's main economic centre, over a distance of 2,500 kilometres.

An ABB statement said on Wednesday that power would be transmitted at very high voltage (600 kilovolts) to minimise transmission losses.

ABB's power systems unit, which accounts for 20 per cent of group sales, is set to benefit from a trend to use renewable energy as it makes equipment such as overhead transmission lines and underwater cables needed to feed wind, hydro and solar power into the electricity grid.

Last week ABB gave a cautious outlook as demand in the industrial, construction and automotive markets wanes as a result of the economic downturn. and agencies

Articles in this story

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?