ABB has secured $30m contract from Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) to expand power infrastructure in the country.

Under the deal, ABB will construct two new substations, as well as upgrade two existing substations in the south-eastern parts of the country.

The substations will hold 535MW of transmission capacity, which can supply electricity to around 250,000 households.

ABB will construct and commission one 132kV/33kV air insulated switchgear substation in Kachua, while another 132kV/33kV gas insulated switchgear substation in Kalurghat.

The company will upgrade two existing 132kV/33kV AIS substations into GIS substations in the Comilla and Modhunaghat areas.

In addition, the company will offer substation automation systems and fiber optic communications for PGCB.

ABB’s Indian operations will execute the design, engineering, system integration and supply of products to the projects.

According to ABB, the substations will also support the government’s target of offering access to electricity to its population of about 165 million by 2021.

ABB’s 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.”
In September 2014, ABB also secured contract from PGCB  to provide four new turnkey substations.