ABB wins Sonelgaz LDCs

22 March 2002

Europe's ABBhas been awarded a $30 million contract to install five new electricity load dispatch centres (LDCs) and a related IT system for the majority state-owned power company, Sonelgaz. The centres, scheduled to start operation in early 2004, will improve the monitoring and control in transmission lines of power generated from the 247 power stations and substations that make up Sonelgaz's electricity supply network.

ABB will install one national control centre in Algiers, four regional centres in Boudouaou, Setif, Annaba and Oran, and a back-up centre. The scope of work includes the complete delivery and installation of the LDCs; the provision of computer systems and data acquisition terminals; putting into commercial operation the master station system and the remote terminal units in the substations; and constructing associated buildings for the control centres.

ABB says it will work with local partners in carrying out the 24-month contract, but the extent of their participation is still under negotiation. Hydro Quebecof Canada was involved with the specification work in the early stages of the project, an ABB official has confirmed.

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