The GIS will be installed at the new Wuhletal substation, to strengthen the distribution network and supply reliable electricity to residents in the Berlin-Kaulsdorf neighborhood.

The Wuhletal substation is located in the eastern district of Marzahn.

Stromnetz Berlin is investing in ABB’s gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation, which will replace an aging one. ABB will design and supply a 110-kilovolt (kV) GIS for the project.

Stromnetz Berlin had chosen the GIS technology, as it is claimed to be a reliable solution with a compact footprint and could free up 90% of the land space compared to conventional air-insulated switchgear.

After completion, the new substation will be able to supply reliable electricity to more than 3,500 commercial businesses and 65,000 households.

ABB Power Grids division High Voltage Products business head Giandomenico Rivetti said: “We are pleased to support Stromnetz Berlin in the development of more reliable grid infrastructure to supply electricity to consumers and businesses in the city.

“ABB’s innovative GIS technology will help to address the challenge of urbanization, preserving valuable space and maintaining the city’s aesthetics.”

Recently, ABB secured an order to supply GIS switchgear to Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN.

As part of the project, ABB will design and supply its 150kV GIS for 10 substations in the greater Jakarta area, Western Java, East Java and Sulawesi.

The government of Indonesia aims to connect all the households to the nation’s electricity grid by 2025 and is executing a program to add up to 35GW in new power generation capacity.

In 2016, ABB had secured a contract to strengthen power infrastructure and electricity supply in Indonesia.