ABB to strengthen Indonesia’s power grid and support economic growth

9 May 2018

ABB has won an order to supply gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) to PLN, Indonesia’s state-owned power utility. The GIS will facilitate reliable supply of electricity and can be safely operated in confined spaces and harsh environments, controlling the network and protecting it from power outages.

As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, demand for electricity in Indonesia continues to grow. The government aims to have all households connected to the nation’s electricity grid by 2025 and is executing an ambitious program to add 35,000 megawatts (MW) of new power generation capacity.

As part of the order, ABB will design, supply and commission 150-kilovolt (kV) GIS for 10 substations in the greater Jakarta area, Western Java, East Java and Sulawesi. GIS technology provides a reliable solution with a compact footprint that allows up to 90 percent space saving compared to conventional air-insulated switchgear. This enables substations to be built within urban areas where land is scarce and costly, while preserving the aesthetics of the cityscape.

“We are pleased to continue supporting the Indonesian government and PLN in their efforts to strengthen the grid and deliver reliable power to meet the country’s growing electricity needs said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division. We are committed to leveraging our best-in-class technologies and strong local presence to continue to grow with the country, as part of ABB’s Next Level strategy.”

ABB pioneered GIS technology 50 years ago and continues to drive innovations in this space. As a market and technology leader in high-voltage GIS technology, ABB offers ratings and applications from 72.5 kV to 1200 kV and has a global installed base of more than 30,000 bays. ABB’s latest offering includes eco-efficient and digital capabilities.