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ABB wins $39 million contract from Dubai

Khaleej Times

 
DUBAI - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group has been awarded a $39 million contract by Dubai Aluminium Company (Dubal) to upgrade rectifier, transformer and automation systems at its 480-hectare smelter complex in Dubai.

The company is now eyeing the major construction projects to expand its business in the UAE. ABB Industries LLC was established in Dubai in 1992 to promote its business activities in the UAE as well as the Gulf countries. With the recent boom in the construction industry, ABB has already bagged orders for the upcoming Burj Dubai Towers and Palm Jumeirah.

Talking to Khaleej Times, BoonKiat Sim, Regional Manager of ABB Middle East & Africa said, "As sub-contractors for Burj Dubai, we have installed a 11kb substation and are likely to handle the power transmission and distribution for the Palm Jumeirah. Since all use electricity we are banking on the other major construction projects in the region."

Since 1989, the total supply of ABB's power equipment in the UAE amounts to about $250 million. In fact, Burj Dubai's power needs will be equivalent to those of a small town and ABB's job is to ensure the reliable delivery of that electricity. ABB's smart home system has been installed in Le Reve Towers in Dubai. Some of the major construction projects that ABB is bidding for include the Madinat Al Hareer in Kuwait, The Pearl in Qatar, King Abdul Aziz Economic City in Saudi Arabia and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

 
The Dubal project includes replacing five high-voltage regulating rectifier transformers (rectiformers) with larger units rated at 86 megavolt amperes (MVA), to increase capacity and allow Dubal to combine two smelting potlines. Rectifiers are devices that convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). ABB is also supplying control and protection systems as well as 250-kiloampere (kA) field-oriented control equipments. ABB will upgrade existing systems including high-voltage cables, low-voltage and control cables, fire-detection and fire-fighting equipment. "Our decades of metals-industry expertise is helping customers like Dubal achieve more efficient production systems," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's process automation division.

"The combination of standard ABB products and application-specific knowledge means we can install advanced solutions quickly."
 

 

 

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