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ABB wins US$22m power generation order in Kuwait

5/25/2011 Transpowers Power Transformer International

ABB, the power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $22m to supply electrical equipment and power systems for the Az Zour South power plant upgrade project in Kuwait.
The order was placed by Alghanim International General Trading and Contracting an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) company, appointed by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water,as the main power plant contractor.
As part of an expansion plan, 400 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity is to be added to the Az Zour combined cycle power plant, about 80 kilometers south of Kuwait city.
"The additional capacity will help meet the growing need for power, especially during peak summer consumption periods," said Franz Josef Mengede, head of ABB's Power Generation business within the Power Systems division. Electricity demand in Kuwait has been growing steadily, driven by construction activity and a rising population.
ABB will be responsible for the electrical balance of plant, the DCS (distributed control system), field instrumentation and generator transformer. The project scope also includes the extension of the 275 kilovolt (kV) GIS (gas-insulated switchgear) substation, medium- and low-voltage equipment and the substation automation system. The project is expected to be completed by March 2012.
ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions for all types of power generation and water plants. With an extensive offering that includes electrical balance of plant, automation, instrumentation and control systems, plus a wide range of service offerings, ABB helps optimize performance, improve reliability, enhance efficiency and minimize environmental impact throughout the plant life cycle.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people.