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Ventyx, an ABB company, has signed deals valued at $6.5 million with the primary state-based organizations responsible for operating Ecuador's transmission grid, TRANSELECTRIC and the National Energy Control Center (CENACE).

The groups will upgrade to the latest Ventyx solution for energy management and wide-area monitoring to optimize the utilization of the country's generation and transmission network assets, Ventyx says. The Ecuador Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Resources recently issued a new national smart grid policy that requires utilities to establish power grid operation and optimization strategies to support grid modernization.

The agreement, which includes long-term service, maintenance and support, will enhance the safety, efficiency and reliability of the country's power transmission network. TRANSELECTRIC and CENACE will also receive 24/7 software support from Ventyx over a multi-year term, as well as maintenance to keep Ecuador's transmission platform up to date with the latest technology standards.

The contract will also enhance interactions between TRANSELECTRIC and CENACE by upgrading both to the same version of Ventyx software - allowing each system to provide emergency backup support to the other as needed.

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