ABB scoops Turkish steel contract

14 July 2008

ABB will provide power systems equipment to a Turkish steel plant in a deal worth $28 million (€18 million). The power and automation specialist was chosen by MMK-ATAKAS, a joint partnership between Turkey’s Atakas Metallurgy and Port Management and Russian company, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), to ensure a reliable power supply for the plant.

New steel plant in Turkey
New steel plant in Turkey

ABB will supply technology including a Static Var Compensator (SVC), which is designed to compensate for fluctuations in the voltage and current of power supplies that can harm production quality in industrial plants.

Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s power systems division described the contract as an example of ‘one-stop shopping’.

‘The technical support provided by ABB experts in the initial phase proved extremely worthwhile for the customer and we collaborated closely on the development of a tailored solution.’

The order includes transformers, high- and medium-voltage switchgear, a substation SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system, and FACTS (flexible AC transmission system). In addition, ABB will supply four power transformers each 155 MVA, a 380/34.5-kilovolt (kV) complete turnkey switchyard, and a 72.5-kV open switchyard. The company will also supply and install medium-voltage panels along with the SCADA and communications system.

The initial phase of the project is scheduled to be operational by April 1, 2009.

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