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ABB scoops million-dollar contract for ‘pioneering’ project

30 April 2009

ABB has scooped a $14 million (€11) order to complete an electrical balance of an Algerian solar power plant. The order was placed by Spanish company UTE Aberer Hassi R’Mel Construction for the plant at a natural gas field in Northern Algeria.

The plant will have two 40 MW gas turbines, one 80 MW steam turbine and two parabolic trough solar fields with a generating capacity of 25 MW. The power plant will be fired by a combination of natural gas from the gas field and solar energy collected by the parabolic troughs. This is a pioneering hybrid project in terms of integrating solar and combined cycle power generation in a single facility.

ABB’s project scope includes design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of the complete electrical balance of plant. The main equipment to be supplied includes medium- and low-voltage switchgear, auxiliary transformers, generator circuit breakers, isolated bus-ducts and emergency diesel generators. The project is expected to be completed by August 2010.

‘We are pleased to be associated with this pioneering initiative,’ said Franz-Josef Mengede, head of ABB’s global Power Generation business in the Power Systems division.

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