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HVDC converter station to increase power transfer capacity between Texas and Mexico and improve grid reliability

Zurich, Switzerland,– ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $36 million from Sharyland Utilities L.P. to supply and install a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station in Texas, USA.

The 150 megawatt (MW) back-to-back HVDC converter station will be built in Mission, Texas, where an identical installation was delivered by ABB in 2007. The two stations, part of the Railroad DC Tie Expansion project, will work in parallel to provide a transmission capacity of up to 300 MW. This will increase the power transfer capacity between Texas and Mexico and secure power supply.

“Availability and security of power supplies is key to economic growth and HVDC is a proven technology when it comes to efficient and reliable transmission of electricity,” said Brice Koch, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “We are delighted to work with Sharyland Utilities once again on this important interconnection to improve power exchange capability and help enhance the reliability of the grid.”

ABB will design, engineer, supply and install the converter station including high-voltage equipment such as power transformers and thyristor valves. The station is scheduled to go into operation in 2014.

“The expansion of our HVDC facility from 150 MW to 300 MW is a significant project for us, and we are pleased to partner with ABB once again,” said Mark Caskey, Senior Vice President of Sharyland Utilities. “Based upon our experience with ABB during the initial phase of the project in 2007, we believe their technical strength and HVDC knowledge made this an easy decision.”

ABB pioneered HVDC transmission technology almost 60 years ago and has built a vast global installed base, having completed more than 70 HVDC projects around the world, with a total transmission capacity of over 60,000 MW. ABB recently announced a technology breakthrough for future high voltage DC grids. More information is available here.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

ABB reports steady growth in a mixed economic environment

 Orders and revenue grow despite a challenging investment climate
- Continued focus on new revenue streams and competitive benchmarking 
- Thrust on better and cost-effective technology for a sustained infrastructure growth in India

ABB Limited, India, continued to grow its order and revenue volumes for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. The company’s diverse business portfolio and multi-pronged initiatives continued to help improve performance in an environment of reduced growth in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Key figures: Rupees in crores

 

Q2 2012

Q2 2011

Change %

H1 2012

H1 2011

Change %

Orders

2,045

1,792

14

3,709

3,487

6

Revenues

1,858

1,693

10

3,632

3,474

4

Profit before tax

76.6

58.9

30

148.3

146.7

1

Profit before tax %

4.1

3.5

 

4.1

4.2

 

Profit after tax

51.6

38.7

33

99.3

98.3

1

Profit after tax %

2.8

2.3

 

2.7

2.8

 

Operational EBITDA*

87.2

97.6

 

197.4

202.7

 

Operational EBITDA%

4.7

5.8

 

5.4

5.8

 

Orders
The company received orders worth Rs.2,045 crores during the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared with an order intake of Rs.1,792 crores for the same period last year, thereby registering a growth of 14%. While businesses catering to the power sector continued to reflect growth, a not so positive investment climate affected the automation businesses. The company received significant orders in areas such as renewables, projects to optimize energy efficiency in industries and power infrastructure.

Order backlog
The company’s order backlog stood at Rs.9,175 crores at the end of June 30, 2012 as against Rs.8,415 crores for the corresponding period in 2011. With a strong order backlog, revenues of the company for the coming quarters remain secured. 

Revenue and operations 
The revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 was Rs.1,858 crores compared to Rs.1,693 crores for the corresponding period in 2011, registering a 10% increase compared to Q2 2011. The company continues to remain firmly focused on supply chain management and operational excellence including indigenization and localization of products. 

Profit 
The company posted a PBT of Rs.77 crores for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 against Rs.59 crores in the same quarter last year. The PAT stood at Rs.52 crores for the current quarter against Rs.39 crores for the same period, last year, an increase of 33% compared to the same quarter in 2011.

“While the short term macroeconomic outlook is a concern, we remain optimistic over the medium to long term. Opportunities will be augmented by emerging sectors like smart grids, cyber security, renewables and energy efficiency solutions. To retain our leadership position in the industries and markets we operate in, we are continually benchmarking our internal productivity and product competitiveness for world class operations. We are hopeful of Government initiatives and reform measures to stimulate the capital goods and manufacturing sector.” said Bazmi Husain, Country Manager and Managing Director of ABB Ltd. 

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

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