September 18 (Renewables Now) - ABB (VTX:ABBN) today announced a five-year framework contract with the transmission system operator (TSO) in Austria for the supply of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for a major grid expansion project.
The Swiss-based power and automation group said the contract is “potentially worth” over USD 100 million (EUR 90.5m).
Austria has set a 100% renewable power target for 2030 and local TSO Austrian Power Grid (APG) is preparing to expand the high-voltage grid so as to be able to accommodate greater volumes of green energy. New network capacity will be needed to connect areas with significant wind power production in eastern Austria to pumped storage power plants in western Austria, and to also bring any surplus wind and solar electricity to pumped storage plants in the Alps.
Some of the big projects of APG in that direction include the construction of the 380-kV Salzburg line, the expansion of the grid in the greater Linz area and beyond, and the replacement of the overhead line through the Weinviertel in the northeast of Lower Austria.