Power and automation technology group ABB has secured an order worth $41m from power utility Societe Nationale d'Electricite to refurbish and expand three substations in the southern province of Katanga, Congo.

The company will design, supply, install and commission three 220kV air-insulated switchgear substations and an associated load dispatch center.

One substation will also be equipped with a static var compensator unit to improve voltage stability and system performance.

Key ABB products in this project include power transformers, high- and medium-voltage equipment, disconnectors, instrument transformers, surge arresters and remote terminal units.

ABB will also install substation automation systems compliant with the global IEC 61850 communications standard and equipped with the latest protection and control equipment.

A new SCADA energy management system for remote monitoring and control of the substations will be installed at the load dispatch center located in Likasi, Congo.

Commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2012.