ABB wins substations order with Hydro One in Canada

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Zurich, Switzerland, February 7, 2012 — ABB won an order from Hydro One Networks Inc., the power transmission and distribution utility of the Canadian province of Ontario, to supply an indoor gas-insulated switchgear substation, an outdoor switchyard with air-insulated switchgear and associated transmission infrastructure. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The new substations will replace an existing installation built in the 1950s and will serve Canada's largest city Toronto. They will connect the existing Portland Energy Center generation station and enhance grid reliability.

ABB's scope of supply includes 115 kV gas-insulated and air-insulated switchgear, surge arresters, transformers and cables. As part of the turnkey contract, ABB is responsible for the system studies, design, engineering, supply and installation of the substations, including civil works. The project is scheduled for completion by 2013.

Hydro One Networks Inc. owns and operates 96 percent of Ontario's transmission network. The network has 280 transmission substations, a distribution system spanning around 75 percent of the province, with 1,010 distribution substations and 26 facilities that interconnect the transmission grid with neighboring provinces to enable power trading.

ABB is the world's leading supplier of turnkey air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kV. These substations facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact, serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as sectors like railways, urban transportation and renewables.

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