|FACTS Technology Installation Will Provide Dynamic Reactive Var and Voltage Support to Enhance Transmission System Reliability in Central Region of Georgia|
Georgia Power Co. (GPC) has awarded a multi-million dollar turnkey contract to Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. (MEPPI) for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation and commissioning of a transmission level Static Var Compensator (SVC) system to be located in Laurens County, Ga.
Steve Campbell, a GPC transmission supervisor of engineering and construction, stated that: "GPC will apply the SVC at a new substation in Laurens County, adjacent to the existing North Dublin substation in the central part of Georgia near Dublin. The SVC will be connected at 115 kV and will provide dynamic var and voltage support for the Dublin, Laurens County area. The application of the SVC in Laurens County will enable GPC to increase the reliability and quality of power delivered to its customers."
The SVC is a well-proven Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) technology that uses thyristor-based switching devices to provide dynamic voltage support, power system stabilization, and enhanced power quality for transmission and distribution system applications. The scheduled in-service date for the project is May 1, 2005.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with GPC on the Laurens County SVC project," added Dr. Gregory Reed, MEPPI's vice president of marketing and technology development. "MEPPI and GPC have developed a mutually beneficial long-term relationship over the past two decades through the supply of our gas circuit breaker equipment and gas-insulated substation technology. This will be the first transmission level SVC installation for Georgia Power, and we intend to work closely together with them to complete a successful project that will be a showcase of FACTS technology in the Southeastern U.S."
GPC, with headquarters in Atlanta, is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves customers in 57,000 of the state's 59,000 square miles, with approximately 8,800 employees throughout the state. The company's 2 million customers are in all but six of Georgia's 159 counties. GPC has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century, and is the largest of five electric utilities that make up the Southern Co. More information on Georgia Power can be found on their Web site at www.georgiapower.com.
MEPPI, with headquarters in Warrendale and a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and an affiliate of TMT&D Corp. (the new Toshiba-Mitsubishi Electric joint venture for electrical transmission & distribution), is a manufacturing, engineering, and sales company providing high voltage power circuit breakers, gas insulated substations, large power transformers, surge arresters, power electronics based technologies (FACTS & HVDC), power systems engineering services, and other transmission and distribution systems to the electric utility industry. Information on MEPPI's complete line of products and services can be found on the company's Web site at www.meppi.com.