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South Korea’s Kepco selects ABB to improve power grid reliability

EBR Staff Writer Published 26 February 2018

ABB has been awarded a contract by the South Korea’s electric utility Korea Electric Power (Kepco) to provide Series Compensation technology to help boost long distance transmission capability in the country.

Under the contract, ABB will provide Thyristor Controlled Series Compensation (TCSC) technology, which is designed to allow existing Alternating Current (AC) lines to transmit more power.

The ABB’s technology is said to provide cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution to support the power flow control from the near-by generation plant while eliminating the need to build new power lines.

ABB Power Grids division president Claudio Facchin said: “We are pleased to support the strengthening of South Korea’s grid infrastructure and help improve the stability and reliability of power supplies to millions of consumers in the region.

“ABB’s innovative Series Compensation technology will provides a cost- effective and eco-efficient solution enabling more power to flow through existing lines, reinforcing ABB’s position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

ABB said that its solution would play a key role in supporting reliable power supply to Seoul area by addressing complex power quality issues in the grid.

The TCSC solution is part of an ABB’s family of Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) technologies intended to help enhance power quality in the grid while improve the capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems.

The South Korean government aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 while meeting growing electricity demand.

As part of this effort, the country is investing in smart grid infrastructure with support from Kepco.

The contract is part of KEPCO’s plan to optimize its transmission and distribution network to ensure stable electricity supply and build grid resilience. 

Image: South Korea intends to meet its growing electricity demand. Photo: courtesy of ABB AB.