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ABB has won orders worth about $42mn from Sonelgaz (Socièté Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz), the national power utility of Algeria, to build three new substations and upgrade four existing ones in the northern region of the country

One of the new substations will power a solar panel factory that is being built close to the capital, Algiers, while the replacement of two power transformers at an existing substation will support the doubling of its power capacity.

As part of the turnkey project, ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, build-up and commissioning of the substations, including civil works. The project is expected to be completed by 2013.

“The new substations and the upgrades will significantly enhance distribution capacity and help meet growing industrial and residential demand for electricity in the country,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.

"The technologies deployed will also help strengthen grid reliability and improve power stability in the region.”

Some of the main products to be supplied include power transformers, high- and medium-voltage air- and gas-insulated switchgear, instrument transformers, surge arresters as well as auxiliary and telecommunications systems.