ABB to upgrade DRC grid

ABB has won an order worth more than USD30 mn from Société nationale d’électricité (SNEL), the national electricity company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a partial upgrade of the Inga-Kolwezi high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link.

The contract is part of the FRIPT project financed by Glencore and managed by Congo Energy, a subsidiary of Forrest Group International.

The 1,700 km link was built by ABB in 1982 and was, at the time, the world’s longest transmission line. ABB upgraded the link in 2009. The latest retrofit will make it possible to increase transmission capacity from 520 MW (MW) to 1000 MW, securing power supplies to the mining region in Katanga and strengthening the power infrastructure in the DRC.

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Source: ABB

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