ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won orders worth around $55m from Canadian utility BC Hydro to deliver flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) solutions.

The group said that this will help increase transmission capacity of BC Hydro through new and existing power lines as according to the power utility electricity needs in Southern British Columbia is set to double over the next 20 years.

As part of the orders, ABB will design, supply, install and commission three series capacitors – two at Seymour Arm and one at Ruby Creek.

The installation at Ruby Creek will be operational in 2015, while at Seymour Arm will be in service by the end of 2013 and will enable more power flow without having to construct an additional transmission line.

ABB Power Systems division head Brice Koch said these installations will enhance transmission capacity and provide more clean hydropower to consumers in the region.

"ABB’s advanced series capacitor technology will also help improve grid reliability and power quality," Koch said.

The Ruby Creek installation is part of the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project, a new 500kV line being constructed to help ensure clean energy in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

ABB has delivered more than 800 FACT installations across the world.