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ABB wins 180 mln usd power order in Namibia

Nov 9, 2007 - Thomson Financial

ZURICH (Thomson Financial) - ABB Ltd said it has won an order worth 180 mln usd from the Namibian national power utility, NamPower, to connect two parts of the country's power grid and strengthen electricity networks in southern Africa.

NamPower is building a 350 kilovolts, 300-megawatt transmission link between the northeastern Caprivi region and the power network in central Namibia.

The link will also interconnect the electricity networks of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and South Africa to create an alternative route for power imports and exports to and from neighbouring countries.

This project marks the first time a technology called HVDC Light system -- a high-voltage direct current transmission technology -- will be used for long overhead transmission lines, said the Swedish-Swiss engineering group.

The system is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2009. huimin.neo@thomson.com hmn/jag

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