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ABB wins major BC Hydro retrofit contract

VANCOUVER, BC — Power and automation technology company ABB just announce that it has been awarded an $18 million contract by BC Hydro at the utility's G.M. Shrum (GMS) power generation station located at Hudson's Hope, B.C. The work is to be carried out in three stages, with the first phase to be completed by August 2009 and the balance of the work by 2010 and 2011.

March 4, 2009  By Newswire

The contract calls for ABB to carry out a retrofit of station service equipment at the GMS facility. Being executed by ABB’s Service team, with overall project management to be handled by the Hydro and Electrical Balance of Plant center of excellence, the project includes the supply of ABB medium voltage and low-voltage switchgear, dry-type transformers, cables and other equipment. ABB will also be conducting system studies and providing complete engineering, installation and commissioning services.
According to Boyd Mason, Project Manager at BC Hydro, "ABB is one of our preferred suppliers. ABB made significant efforts to understand both our technical and commercial needs and clearly demonstrated that it understood our requirements and risks and we are confident that they will deliver. Another factor supporting our decision to go with ABB was that they exceeded our design requirements and incorporated a number of additional key safety features into the design of their solution supporting BC Hydro’s continual commitment to safety — our number one value."
"Among our greatest challenges with this contract," adds Greg Farthing,
Vice President Sales and Marketing, ABB’s Power Products & Systems "was to develop effective ways of upgrading BC Hydro’s system without interrupting operations at its plant, as well as to complete the work on schedule, safely and with respect for the environment. We are confident that we will meet all of these demands, and in so doing, be in a position to win similar contracts during the years to come."

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