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ABB wins $28m order to balance UAE power project

Steve Rogerson
January 21, 2015
Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order worth around US$28m to supply an electrical balance-of-plant system for a new independent water and power producer project in the United Arab Emirates. The order was placed by Hyundai Engineering, the engineering procurement construction contractor for the project.
Swiss-based ABB will design, supply, install and commission the plant’s electrical system, including major equipment such as generator circuit breakers, medium and low-voltage switchgear and distribution transformers. Energy-efficient variable frequency drives will help reduce pump energy consumption and extend motor life.
The $1.5bn Mirfa project will increase power and water capacity in Abu Dhabi and the energy-deficient northern Emirates. It encompasses existing water and power facilities that will be augmented with a combined cycle power plant and a seawater reverse osmosis plant.
When fully integrated, the facilities will have total power capacity of 1600MW and seawater desalination capacity of 240,000 cubic meters per day. It is part of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy, support growth and help meet rising demand from UAE’s increasing population.
“We are pleased to support the sustainable development of UAE’s infrastructure and help address the growing demand for power and drinking water in the region,” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s power systems division. ”ABB has the technologies, the domain expertise and a proven track record for reliable and energy-efficient electrical and automation solutions.”
The order follows a $40m contract earlier this year from Ceylon Electricity Board to supply two 220kV substations and upgrade an existing substation in Sri Lanka.
The substations will be constructed at Polpitiya in the Central Province and Padukka near the capital, Colombo, in the Western Province, while the existing substation at Pannipitiya, a suburb of Colombo, will be augmented. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The infrastructure is being deployed as part of the country’s Clean Energy & Network Efficiency Improvement Project, which aims to strengthen the national grid by increasing capacity and enabling greater integration of renewables as well as reducing losses and enhancing power reliability. By 2020, the government plans to install additional power generation capacity of over 2500MW and to increase the share of renewable energy in the national grid to about 20 per cent.
“These substations will boost transmission capacity and address Sri Lanka’s growing demand for electricity,” said Facchin. “We are pleased to support the country in developing its power infrastructure, improving reliability of supplies and increasing energy efficiency.”