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ABB to upgrade transmission station in Vermont

Global power and automation technology group ABB has received a $20 million contract from Vermont Electrical Power Company to upgrade a high-voltage direct current transmission station in the U.S. The work will facilitate the transfer of hydroelectric power from Canada.

Under the contract, ABB will undertake work to modernize the Highgate back-to-back converter station, which connects the electrical systems of the state of Vermont in the U.S. and the province of Quebec in Canada.

Work will involve installation of ABB's control and protection system MACH2, and replacement of the valves and valve cooling system.

The upgraded station is expected to be in operation by the end of 2012.

Recently, ABB announced it has won a power generation order to provide power equipment and engineering for the Cheves greenfield hydropower plant in Peru.

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