ABB supplies automation for aluminum smelter in UAE |

ABB supplies automation for aluminum smelter in UAE

Baden, Switzerland, January 10, 2008 – ABB won a $30-million contract from Emirates Aluminum Company (EMAL) to supply a 220kV Gas Insulated Substation, automation and protection systems for a new aluminum smelter near Abu Dhabi. The order was booked during the third quarter of 2007.

The new smelter will be located in Al Taweelah, close to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Initial start-up capacity in 2010 will be 700,000 tons per year; when completed, the smelter will have a total annual capacity of 1.4 million tons, making it the largest single site aluminum smelter in the world. This smelter project represents Abu Dhabi's entry into the global aluminum industry.

ABB’s scope of supply during the first construction phase includes a 220kV Gas Insulated Substation to provide efficient, reliable power to the new smelter. ABB has more than 40 years of experience with High Voltage Gas Insulated Substations; these substations have a smaller footprint and lower operating and maintenance costs than traditional solutions. The delivery also includes System 800xA for process control, as well as the substation automation system.

“By combining standard ABB products and systems with our industry-specific knowledge, we have established a strong track record for meeting customers’ needs in terms of productivity, reliability and energy efficiency,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “This important project illustrates the broad range of technologies and solutions we offer our customers in all industries to help them be competitive and successful.”

SNC-Lavalin International, in joint venture with Worley Parsons, will manage the project; the group is also responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, marine and turbocharging.

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 110,000 people.
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