ABB, Eskom shore up South Africa's electricity network

25 September 2008

ABB and Eskom have signed an agreement, worth $75 million, which covers the supply and installation of ABB circuit breakers to the South African national electricity provider.

Some 2,000 circuit breakers with operating voltages of 66kV and 132kV, delivered over a five-year period are hoped to strengthen the country’s electricity network.

The circuit breakers help protect electrical equipment from damage caused by current surges and will assist in enhancing the safety and reliability of the electricity network.

‘We are proud to support Eskom in this critical period of strengthening the power grid,’ said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB’s Power Products division. ‘Our production capabilities, together with the expertise of the local teams that will install and commission the equipment, helped us secure what is one of ABB’s largest-ever orders for circuit breakers.’

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