The order is to augment Latin American nation’s efforts to step up the percentage of wind power in its renewable energy portfolio, the country has 1500MW of wind power capacity currently installed with 7000MW expected to come up in the next five years.

ABB power systems division head Brice Koch said, "These substations will help to integrate wind energy and boost power supplies to meet growing industrial, commercial and residential demand."

The company will design, supply, install and commission the substations in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, besides two turnkey 34.5/138 kilovolt (kV) substations, one 138/500 kV substation, step-up power transformers and air- and gas-insulated switchgear.

The scope of the order also includes SCADA and telecommunication systems as well as IEC 61850 compliant substation automation, control and protection equipment.

ABB will supply and install two 138 kV overhead transmission lines to connect a new 400 MW wind power plant expected to be completed by 2014.