The new substation will use technology that allows it to be placed indoors, and the building will be on stilts to protect the installation from flooding. It will occupy just one sixth of the area of the existing outdoor substation, which is nearing the end of its service life.
“The new substation will help reinforce grid reliability, enhance energy efficiency and improve the security of power supply in the area,” said Claudio Facchin, global head of ABB’s substation business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. “This compact solution is ideally suited to address space constraints and reduce environmental impact.”
ABB will design, supply, construct and install the new substation at Creyke Beck comprising 22 bays of GIS (gas insulated switchgear). ABB is currently executing a substation project at Wakefield in West Yorkshire, based on a similar order awarded by CE Electric UK earlier this year.
Substations are key installations in the transmission and distribution grid that facilitate the transformation of voltage levels and distribution of electrical power. Because of its compact footprint, GIS technology is particularly appropriate in urban and other space-constrained environments. ABB has a global installed base of over 10,000 substations.
CE Electric UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, is a leading power distribution utility in England, covering an area of 25,000 sq km and serving around 3.7 million premises.