Power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth $47m to supply power substations to help mining company Rio Tinto increase production capacity at iron ore mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

ABB’s turnkey solution includes design, supply, installation and commissioning of high-voltage 220/33kV substations.

The equipment package includes power transformers, instrument transformers, disconnectors and a range of high- and medium-voltage switchgear.

The substations are to be constructed at the Marandoo and Tom Price mine sites.

ABB power systems division head Peter Leupp said that the new substations will ensure Rio Tinto’s expansion plans in the region are supported by a reliable supply of quality power.

Since 2005, ABB has completed the Millstream, Hope Downs, Juna Downs and Coastal (7 Mile) substation projects for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara region, and is currently executing similar projects at Cape Lambert and Dampier.