CAIRO, Egypt 10/27/11 (PennWell) -- Egypt's Hydro Plants Generation Co. (HPGC) has awarded a US$20 million contract to ABB Ltd. to upgrade the automation of Aswan Dam's three hydroelectric plants totaling more than 2,600 MW.
ABB said it is to provide extensive plant automation and control solutions for the Aswan complex as part of a major plant rehabilitation program. HPGC took bids in 2005 for auto-transformers for the complex. A consortium of Russia's Power Machines Group and Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation previously won a tender for reconstruction of 12 175-MW generators.
"We are proud to be associated with the comprehensive upgrade of one of the world's largest hydropower complexes," Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division, said. "The benefits of the refurbishment should be seen in the form of optimized performance and reliability, improved operator effectiveness and energy efficiency."
As part of the turnkey project, ABB is to supply a new integrated plant automation solution including the latest Symphony Plus technology, instrumentation, transformer and generator protection systems, turbine governor systems, and electro-hydraulic equipment at one of the plants. It also will upgrade selected control and excitation systems, automatic voltage regulators, turbine governor systems, and electro-hydraulic equipment.
ABB also is to upgrade electrical protection systems for the 132-kilovolt substation that connects the complex to the transmission system. ABB is responsible for engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning.