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Paraguay automates substations with World Bank finance

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2015
 
The national electric utility in Paraguay – Administraction Nacional de Energía (Ande) – is rolling out ten substation automation systems in a project financed by the World Bank as part of US$1000m funding. The funding was approved in December for projects lasting till 2018.
 
The installation is expected to take six months and is part of a project to improve the reliability and capacity of the transmission grid. The systems are from ZIV, recently acquired by Spain-based CG.
 
ZIV is the main provider of smart meters in Spain and has deployed more than three million worldwide. The company also provides data concentrator units, distribution automation products and substation automation systems.
 
Paraguay is rich in natural resources and producing clean energy is one of its most important activities. The funding from the World Bank is allowing it to improve the distribution and transmission grid, as well as increasing generation capacity.
 
“We at CG are honoured to receive this important contract,” said Laurent Demortier, CEO and managing director at CG, part of the Avantha Group. “We would like to thank Ande for their continued patronage of our products and look forward to many more such collaborations to come. This order reinforces CG’s strategic intent to diversify its customer base in Latin America, and we remain focused on building the energy infrastructure of the region with our extensive range of technologically driven products and systems.”
 
CG recently supplied Paraguay with ZIV protection systems and meters and in November signed a contract to supply eight single- and three-phase transformers totalling 420MVA for the expansion of the country’s 220 and 66kV electric networks.