ABB Australia announces that ABB has won a $30 million order from Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. to construct a new indoor transmission substation in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The new substation will power the Maracanã soccer stadium and the adjacent neighbourhood in the run-up to the soccer World Cup.
Considered the world’s largest when originally inaugurated in 1950 with space for around 200,000 spectators, the Maracanã stadium has been completely rebuilt for the forthcoming World Cup.
Brazil is boosting its power capacity and enhancing its transmission and distribution infrastructure to ensure that its electricity grid can meet the needs of its expanding economy as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. These sporting events are likely to place huge additional demands on the grid as hundreds of thousands of fans and visitors descend on the 12 host cities.
Brice Koch, head of ABB’s Power Systems division explains that the compact substations will enable additional power supplies required during the forthcoming global sporting events being hosted by Brazil and will reinforce the transmission grid for the future. ABB’s technologies, experience and project management capabilities can support the country in its efforts to strengthen its power infrastructure.
As part of the order, ABB will design, supply, install and commission a new indoor substation to replace a 40-year-old installation in Grajau near the Maracanã stadium. Thanks to the compact footprint of the gas-insulated switch gear (GIS), the new higher-capacity facility can be built on the same plot of land as the existing substation.
At 63 kilo-amperes, the substation will have the highest short-circuit current interruption level of any GIS substation in Brazil. This rating refers to the maximum current that a circuit breaker is capable of interrupting to isolate a fault and protect the network. ABB will also install IEC-61850 substation automation, control and protection systems to enable local as well as remote control and monitoring.
ABB is the world’s leading supplier of turnkey air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kilovolts.