ABB technology enables economic growth in Guatemala

ABB technology enables economic growth in Guatemala

ABB’s gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) will help upgrade the country’s aging infrastructure and integrate more renewable energy into the grid

Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America and has the region’s highest population growth rate. Its strategic location, with access to both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, is key to the country’s trade with South and North America. To support its growing population and economy, the country is embarking on an ambitious energy expansion plan that will upgrade aging infrastructure and integrate more renewables into its energy mix.

As part of this expansion, Transportista Eléctrica Centroamericana S.A. (TRELEC), one of the leading utilities in the region, is upgrading the national power system. New substations and transmission lines will be built and aging substations replaced to secure electricity supply throughout the country.

The country is simultaneously launching an Electricity Expansion Plan (PET), that aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix and guarantee electricity supply to all Guatemalans by 2032. Renewable energy share from hydro, wind and solar currently makes up 58 percent of the total generation capacity and is expected to reach 80 percent with the ambitious plan.

To facilitate fast installation and energization, ABB will supply 145-kilovolt (kV) integrated gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) in the capital city of Guatemala. It is an ideal application for this compact technology, as land in the urban area is scarce and costly. Integrated GIS is an innovative solution that includes primary and secondary equipment such as control, protection and monitoring in a robust prefabricated housing. It can enable up to 70 percent savings in installation and commissioning time compared to conventional GIS, making it the ideal solution for fast grid expansions.

“We are pleased to work with TRELEC to support the integration of renewable energy and expansion of the power network in Guatemala”, says Giandomenico Rivetti, Head of ABB’s High Voltage Business Unit within its Power Grids division. “Our innovative and space-saving GIS technology will enable fast deployment and energization with minimum on-site installation.”

ABB pioneered high-voltage GIS more than 50 years ago and continues to 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.

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