Swiss power and automation firm ABB has received an order from the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) to boost the country's power transmission capacity by 535MW.

Through the order, ABB will supply and install substations to enhance transmission capacity to provide electricity to more than 250,000 households.

PGCB, Bangladesh’s national transmission utility placed the order to expand and strengthen country’s power infrastructure and to meet the growing demand for electricity.

As part of the project, ABB will build two new substations and upgrade two existing substations. The order was placed in the first quarter of 2017.

With the addition of new substations and upgrades, the transmission capacity is expected to increase by around 535MW. The project will contribute to the Bangladesh government's goal to provide electricity to 165 million of its population by 2021.

The deal will see ABB building and commissioning one 132kV/33kV air insulated switchgear substation in Kachua, one 132kV/33kV gas insulated switchgear substation in Kalurghat and upgrade two existing 132kV/33kV AIS substations into GIS substations in the Comilla and Modhunaghat areas.

ABB will also offer substation automation systems and fiber optic communications. The design, engineering, system integration and supply of key products will be executed by ABB’s operations in India.

ABB Power Grids division, Grid Integration business managing director Patrick Fragman said: “We have a proven track record in Bangladesh and are pleased to continue supporting the country in its efforts to strengthen its power infrastructure and boost transmission capacity to bring much needed electricity to millions of households.

“As part of our Next Level strategy, we are strongly committed to providing solutions for reliable power, which is a major catalyst for growth in the South Asian region.”

Image: ABB to strengthen Bangladesh’s grid. Photo: Courtesy of Spencer Jarvis/