ABB has won a contract to provide two static var compensators (SVCs) to support Xcel Energy’s transmission grid expansion in New Mexico.


The SVCs will be installed at Xcel Energy’s Roadrunner and China Draw substations. They will offer the required dynamic voltage support for new loads that were added to the 115 kV network in southeast New Mexico.

Under the contract, ABB will design, engineer, install and commission the SVCs, which will increase power flow and improve electric reliability and supply quality. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Minnesota-based Xcel Energy is investing in new high-voltage transmission and distribution lines and substations to support economic growth in southeast New Mexico.

The investment is part of the company’s Power for the Plains, a $1.6bn transmission expansion plan in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

It will help enhance electric reliability, strengthen the existing transmission grid and integrate further wind generation.

ABB substations business head Oleg Aleinikov said: "We are pleased to support the strengthening of New Mexico’s grid infrastructure and help improve the quality and reliability of power supplies to industrial and residential customers in the region."

Xcel Energy has regulated operations in eight Midwestern and Western states. It provides a portfolio of energy-related products and services to about 3.5 million electricity customers.

Image: ABB will deliver two static var compensators to Xcel Energy. Photo: courtesy of ABB.