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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: June 5th 2008


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:: ABB wins $18-million Contract in Dubai

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it has won an $18-million contract from Dubai Aluminum Company Limited (DUBAL) for additional electrical and automation system upgrades at the company’s 480-hectare smelter complex in Dubai. The order follows the $53-million order placed by DUBAL for this project earlier this year.

DUBAL operates one of the largest single-site aluminum smelters in the world, having produced approximately 890,000 tons of aluminum in 2007. It is one of the largest non-oil contributors to Dubai’s economy.

“ABB’s proven track record of delivering results, combined with our comprehensive service and product portfolio, are crucial to the success of our customers like DUBAL," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Over the years, our leading-edge solutions have helped DUBAL continue to grow their capacity while improving their productivity and energy efficiency."

Under the terms of the contract, ABB will add one additional high-voltage regulating transformer (rectiformer, used to convert alternating current to direct current) rated at 100 megavolt amperes, to increase capacity in two smelting potlines.

ABB will provide design, installation and commissioning services for the project, and upgrade the DC collector bar on two potlines. The delivery includes control and protection systems, as well two new ABB SCADA systems for the rectiformer station control.

This order is in addition to the $53-million contract awarded by DUBAL earlier this year, as well as other projects for DUBAL. In 2006, ABB was commissioned to deliver a similar scope of supply for an earlier expansion of this smelter complex.

Commissioning of the new units is scheduled for completion in late 2009.




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