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Alstom awarded a contract to supply EEBs first 500 kV substation in Colombia

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Alstom Grid has been awarded a 23 million contract to supply the first 500 kV substation for Empresa de Energía de Bogotá (EEB).  The substation will be located at Gachancipa, 30 km north from Bogota, capital city of Colombia. It will connect the Hydro Sogamoso power plant to Bogota, improving and increasing the reliability of the citys energy system. The project is due to be completed by mid-2017. 

The substation is essential to support the national program of energy improvement in Colombia, which focuses on projects that will reduce power loss, meet the environmental standards of the country and also guarantee that the substation operates at optimum efficiency. 

Alstom will deliver the 500 kV turnkey substation, inclusive of design, civil works construction, erection and commissioning. Part of the solution offered is Alstoms air-insulated switchgear comprising live tank circuit breakers, disconnectors and instrument transformers. The equipment has a proven track record of its performance under high altitude, heavy pollution and seismic zone restrictions.  

Alstom and EEB have been working together over the last 15 years, developing several turnkey substations in Colombia. This is one of the major projects that Alstom Grid Colombia is participating in. Its extremely gratifying to be part of EEB contract, especially as it represents an important milestone to the region. Securing this contract demonstrates the customers continued confidence in Alstom, says Juan Jorge Celis, Country President of Alstom Colombia. 

Present in Colombia for over 60 years, Alstom has strong capabilities in engineering, manufacturing, project management and supply of products and solutions for infrastructure. Alstom Colombia is responsible for projects of turnkey substations and equipment to important power plants in the country, such as El Quimbo and Ituango. 

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