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GE Fortifies Brazilian Grid; 297-Kilometer Transmission Project to Deliver Reliable Power to Brazil’s Growth Regions
|By Business Wire
|April 10, 2014 09:08 AM EDT
Manufacturing growth in Brazil, coupled with fluctuating temperatures,
has contributed to a surge of electricity consumption and demand. As a
result, transmission line and maintenance issues are more frequent than
ever before. Responding to these growing challenges, GE’s Digital Energy
business (NYSE: GE) is providing Furnas and Triangulo Mineiro
Transmissora (TMT)/Geoenergia with the latest in protection and control
equipment to ensure high-efficiency performance and quality for each of
the utility’s grid modernization projects.
Furnas is one of the biggest utilities in Latin America and is
responsible for power transmission in south, southeast and mid west
These projects, which support the modernization of Brazil’s grid, mark
GE’s inaugural entry into Brazil’s ANEEL transmission auctions. The
auctions were won in December 2013 by TMT—a collaborative utility
composed of Furnas and FIP Milão, with Furnas being the largest
participant at 49 percent. TMT is leading the construction and
installation of the new transmission line.
GE’s Digital Energy business will support the project by providing
protection, control and communications systems, offering the latest in
grid modernization technology. The project includes engineering,
configuration, panels and factory and site-acceptance tests, as well as
training for substation engineers to ensure reliable operation.
Transmission line auctions are key to the future of Brazil’s utility
sector, with utilities looking for innovative solutions to modernize
their grids and to ensure that efficient, reliable power can be
delivered to metro areas. Together with leading Brazilian utilities such
as Furnas, GE is helping address a variety of energy challenges that may
affect Brazil’s electrical network.
‘’By combining the expertise of both GE and TMT, we are helping Brazil’s
utility sector improve the reliability of the grid and transport more
reliable power to fast growth regions. To help meet Brazil’s future
energy needs, GE is providing its full range of solutions—from
commissioning to installation to retroactive services—to ensure
Brazilian utilities are positioned to meet their energy goals,” said
Ricardo van Erven, general manager, Latin America, GE’s Digital Energy
In addition, GE is providing protection, control and communications
solutions for the reactive compensation system, transmission lines,
connections, feeders, measurements, protection and control panels, level
2 HMI/SCADA systems and automation solutions for the new 297-kilometer,
500-kilovolt transmission line being built from the Marimbondo II
substation in Minas Gerais to the Assis substation in São Paulo.
GE’s Digital Energy business also is providing protection and control
systems to improve the functionality of another Furnas transmission
line. GE will provide its
B90 bus differential system for the utility’s 230-kilovolt Cachoeira
Dourada substation located in São Paulo and its 138-kilovolt Poços de
Caldas substation located in Minas Gerais. GE also will provide the
equipment for Furnas’ 765-kilovolt reactors and 765-, 500- and
69-kilovolt transformers at its Ivaipora substation in São Paulo and its
Itabera substation in Minas Gerais. These substations facilitate the
highest AC voltage in Brazil.
“This collaboration with Furnas brings together a mix of the utility’s
local market knowledge and our technical expertise to provide the
solutions needed to modernize Brazil’s electric grid,” van Erven
GE's Digital Energy business is a global leader in transmission and
distribution solutions that manage and move power from the power plant
to the consumer. Its products and services increase the reliability of
electrical power networks and critical equipment for utility, industrial
and large commercial customers. From protecting and optimizing assets
such as generators, transmission lines and motors, to delivering
analytic tools to help manage the power grid, GE's Digital Energy
business delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique
challenges of each customer. For more information, visit http://www.gedigitalenergy.com/.
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in
energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering,
moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For
more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
Follow GE's Digital Energy business on Twitter @GEModernGrid.
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