ABB has secured transformer orders worth about $40m to extend and enhance the power transmission grid in Poland.

The contracts with Polskie Sieci Elektronergetyczne will see ABB design, deliver, install and commission three sets of transformers.

It includes five 450-megavolt ampere (MVA) units; two 500 MVA units; and 10 units rated 275 MVA.

ABB will produce the units at its transformer manufacturing center in Lodz, Poland.

The orders are part of a project to expand Poland’s national transmission system to address the country’s increasing energy demand. The existing in-service transformers will br replaced with new ones.

For many years ABB and PSA have been working together in the extension and modernisation of Polish power grid due to several factors.

The factors include increase in energy demands in urban areas, the need to integrate new sources, particularly renewable sources of energy to the grid and in the development of interconnections such as 500MW LitPol High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link.

This recently delivered link between Lithuania and Poland has opened up new possibilities for transmitting energy in the Baltic region.

ABB Power Grids division president Claudio Facchin said: “Transformers across the power value chain play a major role in ensuring grid reliability and energy efficiency. We are pleased to continue supporting Poland’s efforts to strengthen its power infrastructure.

“These state-of-the-art transformers will be locally manufactured and are an example of how ABB delivers differentiated customer value through technology and leverages its global footprint, as an integral part of our Next Level strategy.”

Image: Siedlce Ujrzanow substation. Photo: Courtesy of PSE SA.