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ABB secures US$28mn electrical equipment contract for water facility

Swiss company ABB wins US$28mn contract to design, supply, install and commission electrical equipment for the Mirfa project in Abu Dhabi

The scope of work, collectively referred to as an electrical balance-of-plant (eBOP) contract, includes the supply of major equipment such as generator circuit breakers, medium and low-voltage switchgear and distribution transformers. In addition, ABB would also supply energy efficient variable frequency drives, stated officials from the company.

Claudio Facchin, head of power systems at ABB, said, ?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. ABB has the technologies, domain expertise and a proven track record for reliable and energy-efficient electrical and automation solutions.?

The order was placed by the Mirfa project?s EPC contractor Hyundai Engineering & Construction in Q4 2014.

Abu Dhabi?s US$1.5bn Mirfa Project is projected to increase power and water capacity in UAE?s capital and surrounding northern emirates. The project comprises water and power facilities that would be augmented with a new combined cycle power pant and a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant. When fully integrated, the facilities will have total power capacity of 1,600MW and seawater desalination capacity of 240,000 cu/m per day.

The multi-million dollar project 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.