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ABB says it has won an order worth around $36 million from public electric utility Sharyland Utilities LP to supply and install a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) converter station in Texas.

The 150 MW back-to-back HVDC converter station will be built in Mission, Texas, where an identical installation was delivered by ABB in 2007. The two stations, part of the Railroad DC Tie Expansion project, will work in parallel to provide a transmission capacity of up to 300 MW. According to ABB, this will increase the power transfer capacity between Texas and Mexico and secure power supply.

ABB will design, engineer, supply and install the converter station, including high-voltage equipment such as power transformers and thyristor valves. The station is scheduled to go into operation in 2014.




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