ABB to build $30 million electricity dispatch center in Algeria
Swiss power and automation technology group, ABB recently announced it has won a $30 million contract from Algeria's national power company Societe Nationale d'Electricite et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) to install five new electricity load dispatch centers and a related information technology system.
The new load dispatch centers are designed to improve monitoring and control of Sonelgaz's power generation resources and transmission system. They are scheduled to start operation in early 2004, confirmed a press release. The new load dispatch centers will use ABB's energy management system to control the 247 power stations and substations that make up the Sonelgaz electricity supply network.
The contract calls for one national control center, four regional centers and a back-up center. It includes computer systems, data acquisition terminals and associated buildings. A load dispatch center will coordinate the flow of power in an electric power system so the highest level of demand can be met at any given time within the carrying limits of network transmission lines.
Based in Switzerland, ABB is a power and automation technologies provider, employing 55,000 employees in more than 100 countries. In June 2001, ABB won a $70-million contract to upgrade a key oil pipeline in Algeria. — (menareport.com)
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