Aswan, Egypt, November 1, 2011 — Power and technology group ABB will upgrade the automation of the Aswan hydropower plants in Egypt, making the power generation more reliable and efficient at Africa's largest dam.
The order is worth more than $20 million and was awarded by the Hydro Plants Generation Co. to provide extensive hydropower plant automation and control solutions for the Aswan hydropower complex in Egypt as part of a plant rehabilitation program. The order was booked in the third quarter.
As part of the turnkey project, ABB will supply a new integrated plant automation solution including the latest Symphony Plus technology, instrumentation, transformer and generator protection systems, turbine governor systems and electro-hydraulic equipment at one of the plants.
ABB will also upgrade selected control and excitation systems, automatic voltage regulators, turbine governor systems and electro-hydraulic equipment.
The hydropower complex, which is located at the Aswan dam, is the largest in Africa and the third largest in the world by water reservoir volume. Located some 560 miles south of the capital, Cairo, the plants were built between 1960 and 1986 to harness the floodwaters of the river Nile for irrigation and power generation purposes.
The complex comprises three hydropower plants with a generation capacity of more than 2,600 MW and provides 10 percent of Egypt's power generation capacity.
The electrical protection systems for the 132 kV substation that connects the power generated at the plant to the transmission grid will also be upgraded. ABB is responsible for engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning.