ABB wins $30M order for HVDC link upgrade in Congo
ABB has won an order worth more than $30 million from Société nationale d’électricité (SNEL), the national electricity company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a partial upgrade of the Inga-Kolwezi high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link.
For the refurbishment project that will boost transmission capacity from 520 MW to 1000 MW, enhance grid reliability, extend life span and ensure the efficient transmission of hydro-electricity across the region, the manufacturer will conduct system studies, supply the key electrical equipment such as high voltage apparatus and commission the project.
The 1,700 km link transmitting power from the Inga hydropower station on the Congo River to the mining district of Katanga in the south-east of the country was built by ABB in 1982, and at the time, it was the world’s longest transmission line.
The link also exports the excess power to the Southern African Power Pool countries.