ABB to bolster Belgian grid
€35m deal with Elia for project to integrate offshore wind generation
Switzerland-based ABB has won a €35m deal to bolster the Belgian grid so that it can handle more offshore wind generation.
Under the contract with transmission system operator Elia the company will design, supply and commission 420kV gas-insulated switchgear and 130MVAr shunt reactors to be installed in three 380kV substations.
Elia is carrying out the Stevin project, including a new 47km, double 380kV high-voltage line between the cities of Zomergem and Zeebrugge, because its existing 150kV grid is no longer enough to meet demand.
The scheme will enable offshore wind power to be brought to shore and transmitted to the domestic market. The increased capacity will also support power flow over a subsea direct-current connection between the UK and Belgium.
Once completed, Stevin will form the grid backbone between the Belgian coast and its inland regions.
ABB power products division president Bernhard Jucker said: “We are pleased to support the integration of renewable energy and help strengthen the Belgian grid.”
The Elia Group is made up of Elia Transmission in Belgium and 50Hertz Transmission, active in the north and east of Germany.
Image: the project will help the Belgian grid handle offshore wind generation (ABB)