ABB has won an order worth about $40 million from Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to supply two new 220 kV substations and upgrade an existing substation in Sri Lanka.
The new substations will be constructed at Polpitiya in the Central Province and Padukka near the capital, Colombo, in the Western Province, while the existing substation at Pannipitiya, a suburb of Colombo, will be augmented. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The new infrastructure is being deployed as part of the country's Clean Energy and Network Efficiency Improvement Project, which aims to strengthen the national grid by increasing capacity and enabling greater integration of renewables as well as reducing losses and enhancing power
reliability. The country's the government plans to install additional power generation capacity of over 2500 MW by 2020 and to increase the share of renewable energy in the national grid to about 20%.
As part of the turnkey contract, ABB will design, engineer, supply and commission the substations and provide high-voltage air-insulated switchgear, medium-voltage indoor gas-insulated switchgear, power transformers, IEC 61850-compliant protection and substation automation, and fibre-optic communications systems.