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Light and heat from the sun is the most abundant energy source on earth.The solar energy that hits our planet’s surface in one hour is about equal to the amount of energy consumed by all human activities in a year. Moreover, electricity generated by solar power is emission-free and can help mitigate climate change as well as reduce our dependence on finite carbon-based energy sources.

ABB offers a range of solutions that not just help capture the sun’s rays in the most effective manner but also help achieve grid parity.

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S Gulf and Pakistan Contact Issue 2/12

  1. 1. 2 | 12 contact The customer magazine of ABB in India, Middle East & AfricaGenerating power from the sunR&D – the engine of ABB’s success 06Accelerated learning for customersTransforming energy systems 17Saudi Arabia enters a new solar eraSpurring Africa’s growth 24Custom-made solar solutions for a continent on the move
  2. 2. 06 R&D – the engine of ABB’s success Learning Zone in Abu Dhabi provides accelerated learning for customers 10 Shining a light on EURO 2012 Centralized intelligent lighting for large spacescontact 2|12 Dear friends, help in harnessing the abundant sunlight Solar power will undoubtedly play a in the Middle East and turning it into central role in the energy mix in the cost-competitive electricity. Our turnkey decade ahead. Spurred on by increasing photovoltaic and concentrated solar domestic demand for power and water, (thermal) power plants represent forward depleting hydrocarbon reserves, and the thinking, minimal operation costs and competitiveness of emission-free solar maximum uptime. power solutions against fossil-fueled power systems, solar power has started Every hour the earth absorbs more gaining more support across the region solar energy than the world’s population – the Middle East has set targets to consumes in a year. In this issue of become one of the biggest solar markets Contact magazine you can learn how we in the world. help our customers in harnessing that power.Giuseppe Di Marco More and more governments in formerlyCountry Manager and oil-branded countries in the Middle East Enjoy the read!Chief Executive Officer have put mega spending plans into solarABB in Southern Gulf and Pakistan power on their agenda, recognizing Best regards, the wider and strategic benefits of investments into clean energy as the huge job creation and diversification shows potential. Giuseppe Di Marco Through ABB’s approach that focuses on all aspects of the plant deployment, weContact 2|  1 2 • Customer news magazine from ABB • copyright 2012 • web: www.abb.com • email: contactmagazine@in.abb.com • Publisher: ABB Group• Layout: Shilahar Associates, Bangalore, India • Cover picture: De Nittis PV plant, Foggia – Puglia, Italy2 contact 2 | 12
  3. 3. Table of contents 22 Solar integration and export Dedicated solutions for grid integration and commercialization of solar power19 Clean power from Mozambique Songo-Apollo HVDC link to transmit 2 gigawatts power from the hydro plant on the Zambezi river to neighboring South AfricaLocal news 16 Going green with hybrid power plants Complementing fuel generation with solar 04 Reinforcing sales energy for higher output Closer to markets with new value providers 17 Transforming energy systems 07 Spotlight falls on solar desalination Saudi Arabia enters a new solar era Innovative, energy-efficient technology for 18 Powering one of India’s largest solar plants potable water 40 MW grid-connected solar power plant commissioned in five monthsGlobal news08 Energy storage – why do we need it? Events Delivering reliable power on demand 20 Increasing energy efficiency in hotels 21 Managing a precious resourceFeature12 Harnessing Italy’s solar power potential For a better world Delivering 14 PV power plants in Italy 23 Leading through innovation Highly efficient CSP power plantsIn focus15 Lethabo plant goes on stream Glimpses of ABB Complementing fuel generation with solar 24 Spurring Africa’s growth energy for higher output Custom-made solar solutions for a continent on the move contact 2 | 12 3
  4. 4. Local newsReinforcing sales Boosting gasCloser to the markets with new productionvalue providers EPC contractor for condensate stabilization plant The Sultanate of Omans natural gas reserves are estimated at 849.5 billion cubic meters. With the exploitation of its gas fields and the opening of a processing plant at Sur, on the coast south of Muscat, natural gas is increasing in importance. Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) finds, develops and operates natural gas fields and their associated production systems all on behalf of the Government of Oman. The company delivers gas to the Government Gas System, which supplies fuel for mostAuthorized Value Provider - package handover to representatives of Powertech Switchgear of Omans power stations and some of itsIndustries industries, and to the Oman LNG plant at Qalhat, near Sur. As part of its gas FBM Trading LLC and Powertech objective of the program, where together production operations, PDO also suppliesSwitchgear Industries FZE have become with our partners, we are seen as premium some 50,000 barrels per day (7,900 m3/d)the first authorized value providers in the suppliers by end customers,” says Leela T of condensate liquid hydrocarbons thatUnited Arab Emirates (UAE) to distribute D’Souza, Manager, Process Development condense out of natural gas and aboutand provide technical expertise for ABB and Channel Partner Program, ABB. 200 tons per day of liquefied petroleumproducts. FBM will distribute low voltage Meanwhile, more partners have joined gas, which is chiefly used for cooking.(LV) motors and Powertech is the first the program and are in the process of In the second half of 2012, PDO awardedsystem integrator in the world for heating, authorization. ABB a contract worth more than $100ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) in The AVP program is designed for million to build a condensate stabilizationthe Authorized Value Provider Program distributors, technical distributors, system plant. The new plant will have the capacity(AVP). integrators, service providers and panel to process 4,500 standard cubic meters The trading of goods and related after- builders. It provides the third party of condensate per day and will be locatedsales support is FBM’s core business. partners a unified, consistent solution for in the Ash-Sharqiyah region of north-eastIt aims to be the leading service-driven our complete portfolio. This is reflected Oman, near the Saih Nihayda gas plant incompany and the preferred partner in the to the end customer in wider offerings, the northern part of the PDO concessionelectrical business-to-business segment. availability to technical expertise and area. The facility will be used as a backupPowertech is one of the leading LV panel easily recognizable retailer. Our partners for the existing central processing plantbuilders in the UAE, with a team of over are capable of supplying the very best to ensure continued gas production for95 qualified, experienced and trained customer service as they work to high, PDO’s domestic and export customers.personnel, modern equipment and audited standards.production facilities in Dubai and Ajman. For more information: www.abb.com/drives “We are proud to be awarded theAVP for sales, support and engineeringservices. The program was comprehensive,facilitating communication and coordinationbetween both our teams, and reinforcingthe existing trust and support; so criticalto working together successfully onforthcoming projects in the UAE,” saysArthi Srinivasan, Business Strategy andOperations, Powertech SwitchgearIndustries. “The program establishes partnerships,enabling consistent quality of the networkoffering and improving channel managementand channel support. This will fulfill the View of an Oil Gas plant4 contact 2 | 12
  5. 5. Local news Reducing costly Dubai Solar Park downtime in Qatar gains momentum Alongside engineering, procurement Plans to build The Mohammed binand construction (EPC), we will undertake Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park in the Unitedproject management, training, testing Arab Emirates were unveiled earlier thisand on-site support for operation and year and form part of the Dubai Integratedmaintenance after start-up. In addition, Energy Strategy 2030 vision to turn Dubaiwe will supply power equipment such into an environmentally focused city. Theas low and medium voltage switchgear, first phase of the project will comprise apower transformers, the electrical control 10 MW photovoltaic (PV) plant and issystem, as well as continuous emission expected to start operating in 2013. Bymonitoring systems and other analytical Looking over the Vacuum Pressure Impregnation 2030, the park will have a combinedinstrumentation. (VPI) tank at the new workshop capacity of 1000 MW. This first phase will “This contract underscores ABB’s be financed by Dubais Supreme Counciltrusted technology leadership to deliver From Qatar to sub-Saharan Africa, of Energy (SCE) and operated by Dubaifull-scope projects to our oil and gas over 4,000 ABB electrical motors and Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).customers,” says Saeed Fahim, ABB’s generators are running 24/7; without This project is in line with theCountry Manager in Oman. “Our industry them many businesses would grind to a UAEs Green Economy for Sustainableexpertise and global and local resources halt. Tough operating conditions such as Development initiative – a long-termwill help this project to be implemented high ambient temperatures, humidity, dirt, national strategy which was first launchedand operated successfully, from design or heavy loads can significantly shorten in January 2012 by HH Mohammed binto start-up." component lifetimes, thus maintenance Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and The project is central to PDO’s goal is imperative. Prime Minister of the UAE and Rulerto sustain gas flows from its main gas The new joint venture ABB-Oryx of Dubai. Through this operation, theproduction facilities in the north part maintenance workshop that opened in government set a list of priorities whichof PDO concession area. The plant is Qatar will reduce downtime by six to eight would help forge a successful path towardsscheduled for completion by the end of weeks increasing industrial productivity and sustainable development, covering the2014. carrying out motor and generator repairs. fields of green energy, green economy,For more information: www.abb.com/oilandgas It will also lower the environmental impact green city, green policy and programs, and reduce costs and risks of shipping green technology and green living. equipment for repairs to India, Switzerland ABB has been a trusted strategic partner or South Africa. for DEWA for many years, collaborating Specialist teams will provide full support on power generation and transmission in case of emergency. Additionally, the of joint landmark projects and is now service offers spare parts and maintenance set to contribute with its expertise and kits.The repair work will be carried out groundbreaking solutions to the fulfillment either at the workshop or remotely on of the Emirates vision. Dubais integrated site. The on-site field services will cover Energy Strategy for 2030 envisions 5 the commissioning and installation of percent of total power input of the city motors and generators together with will come from solar power. In addition, the preventive maintenance backed by our park will help to protect the regions natural Life Expectancy Analysis Program (LEAP). resources and surrounding environment. For more information: www.abb.com/motors PV technology has been chosen for this www.abb.com/drives first phase of the solar park because it can be directly connected to DEWAs existing grid. However, in the long run, a significant share is expected to be harvested with concentrated solar power (CSP)solutions. In addition, DEWA plans to build a research and development facility to help promote Dubai as a leader in solar energy. For more information: www.abb.com/solar contact 2 | 12 5
  6. 6. Local newsR&D – the engine of ABB’ssuccessLearning Zone in Abu Dhabi provides accelerated learning for customers throughworkshops, demos and hands-on training on solar products and equipmentI nnovation is at the heart of ABB’s long- term success. With the aim of enabling sustainable solar penetration in both the world’s and Middle East’s energysupply, ABB constantly focuses on itsfuture approach, through research anddevelopment investments, technologyventures and learning initiatives. In 2011, US$1.37 billion, about 3.6percent of the company’s revenue, wasdirected to ongoing and new researchand development projects. Employing over7,500 highly skilled people, the projects arelaunched and driven in strong cooperationwith the business units, as well as withprivate or governmental customers, whichensures their pertinence for the sector’sfuture needs and opportunities. Technology ventures and partnerships,such as the acquisition of 35 percent ofNovatec Solar, the world’s leading providerof Linear Fresnel CSP or the investmentin GreenVolts, the prime developer offully integrated CPV systems are just Solar augmented reality tool available at ABBs Learning Zone at HQ Abu Dhabitwo examples of ABB’s innovation-drivenstrategic corporate partnerships in the Higher education partnerships areas, CPV with electric chillers for highersolar industry. In the summer of 2012, ABB hosted insulation, higher temperature areas, CSP in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE graduate with absorption chillers when co-generationLearning Zone opens its doors students from the EPFL Energy (electricity and cooling) is needed. ABB’s ongoing solar related research, Management and Sustainability Masterof increased relevance to the Middle East’s Course in internship programs dedicated Energy storage solutionsenergy scene, focuses on hot topics, such to Solar Business Development and to Cooling needs tend to match theas solar desalination, solar cooling or High Sustainability issues. insulation profile during the day (lowerVoltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission ABB’s portfolio comprises the wide needs in the night, higher needs in theof solar power. ABB manages to enhance range of solar technologies: Photovoltaic middle of the day). However, the coolingthe impact of its generated know-how by plants (PV), Concentrated Photovoltaic needs also extend in the evenings andadditionally investing in its dissemination. plants (CPV) and Concentrated Thermal require energy storage. ABB is developing In October 2012, ABB opened the Solar Power (CSP). This enables a efficient solutions for energy storage for allLearning Zone at HQ, Abu Dhabi, to technology-agnostic approach and the solar technologies, ranging from batteriesenhance customers’ skills through development of the optimum solution for to molten salt solutions.interactive workshops, hands-on training a given location and application. A similar R&D approach is taken toand product demonstrations. This will Locations benefiting from high insulation address solar desalination solutions. Theenable our customers to choose, operate also need fresh water and cooling facilities. multiple options for solar and desalinationand maintain their equipment. With the ABB Corporate Research has established technologies are being studied for differenthelp of the augmented solar reality tool, partnerships with companies and institutes types of applications including municipalstudents can navigate through and explore from the Middle East and Europe in order sectors (urban and rural) as well as industrialthe complexities of a photovoltaic solar to study the best solar cooling solutions, sectors.power plant. PV with electric chillers for lower insulation For more information: www.abb.com/solar6 contact 2 | 12
  7. 7. Local newsSpotlight falls on solardesalinationInnovative, energy-efficient technology addresses the challenge of providing freshdrinking water in water-scarcity zonesA t present, countries in the discuss ABB’s technology geared Middle East face a major towards the water industry. Solar water challenge due to the desalination offers one the most scarcity and rapid depletion promising options for the use of solarof freshwater resources. This is further energy. ABB has a strong pedigree incomplicated by the heavy financial solar desalination technology and isand economic burden in providing well placed to support the region in itsdesalinated and treated wastewater. development.”So at the 10th Gulf Water Conference At the conference, a white paperin Doha, Qatar discussions took place on ‘Solar Desalination: Importantwhich covered water security and food Technology Aspects,’ was presented bysustainability, management of natural Shrikant Bhat, Control and Optimizationresources, groundwater and surface Group, Research Department, andwater including the management of Senthilmurugan S, from ABB’s Waterthe municipal water sector and finally Industry business.desalination technologies – the topic In addition, ABB took the opportunityABB focused on. to discuss and present solutions, Solar desalination is a technique systems and products for the waterused to desalinate water using solar industry as a whole with specific focusenergy. High drinkable water scarcity on desalination, solar, pumping stations,zones usually correspond to high Direct water distribution and irrigation networks.Normal Irradiance (DNI) areas such as For more information: www.abb.com/solarthe Middle East. ABB offers productsfor the complete water cycle fromcollection, through purification andtransportation to distribution and re-use, serving customers with enhanced,efficient and reliable products andsolutions. Therefore, ABB’s innovativeenergy-efficient desalination technologyfor the water industry evoked a livelydebate at the event, among researchers,executives, decision and policy makers,and other stakeholders.Focus on energy efficiency Desalination plants play an essentialrole where increasing demand forpotable water outpaces the availability ofnatural resources. Our portfolio includesa wide range of products and solutionsfor Reverse Osmosis (RO), Multi-StageFlash (MSF), Multiple-Effect Distillation(MED) and hybrid desalination plants,with a specific focus on energy efficiency. Juha Alopaeus, Country Manager, Leading innovation in solar desalination technologyABB in Qatar said: “The conferenceoffered a useful platform to share and contact 2 | 12 7
  8. 8. Global newsEnergy storage –why do we need it?Delivery of power on demand depends on reliable energy storesto provide power bridges that support short-term gaps, safeshutdown and back-up needs I t’s not that energy storage is a whole new changes and can only generate power concept, it has, in fact, been an integral intermittently and with a highly variable component of electricity generation, output. This is where energy storage plays transmission and distribution systems for a crucial part in supporting the grid − more than a century. Traditionally, energy when the wind is blowing or the sun is storage needs have been met by physically shining, excess power should be stored storing fuels for fossil-fuelled power plants, and made available during both, suboptimal and by using generated power in pumped generating conditions and during peak hydro storage schemes. demand. Recently however, there has been a Such fundamental changes in the shift in the power landscape towards using architecture and controllability of the grid and integrating renewable energy, mostly must be supported by smart, efficient power wind and solar energy. Although renewable transmission and distribution networks. For power generation is more sustainable in these networks to deliver and distribute the long run, the delivery of reliable power power efficiently, the storage of energy at on demand remains a major challenge. appropriate times and locations becomes Wind and solar power installations vital; both, to balance generation with are affected by seasonal and diurnal consumption, and to maintain grid stability.8 contact 2 | 12
  9. 9. Global newsThe right energy storage solution for To provide additional power to the grid Dynamic energy storage installationthe job on demand, we supplied and installed in the UK ABB has a long history of delivering a battery energy storage solution using ABB recently worked with UK Powerenergy storage solutions, including pumped Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries that can Networks, which supplies power to overhydropower schemes that go back over a provide one megawatt of power for a eight million homes and businesses incentury and more than a decade’s experience duration of 15 minutes. the UK, to develop a dynamic energyin battery energy storage systems. The storage facility is integrated with storage solution. The installation enables Our technologies address a wide range of EKZ’s power distribution network and is renewable energy generated by local windpower needs from merely tens of kilowatts being used to evaluate performance in power plants to be fed into the powerup to hundreds of megawatts, thus, utilities, key areas such as balancing peak loads, network when needed. It also ensures thatindustrial customers and rail operators intermittent power supply and the viability some of the energy is kept in reserve toaround the world continue to deploy these of the solution for grid optimization. regulate power flow to compensate for thetechnologies. These facilities help balance intermittence of wind power and to supportpower demands and supplies, by stabilizing Battery energy storage increases the power quality in the event of a fault.network voltages and frequencies, providing role of renewables in Sweden To meet these needs, we implemented apower bridges to support short-term gaps, Falbygdens Energi is a Swedish utility turnkey DynaPeaQ® solution, incorporatingand safe shutdown and back-up needs. with a significant portion of wind power SVC Light®, which included eight stacksEventually, our solutions are designed to connected to the grid in the Swedish city of 13 Li-ion battery modules located in anenhance flexibility, increase energy securities of Falköping. 11 kV grid.and minimize environmental impacts. ABB was selected to supply an Together, these high-power density Examples of our recent installations innovative dynamic energy storage solution, modules can store up to 200 kilowatt hoursworldwide include Switzerland, Sweden for the utility’s power distribution network, (kWh) of electrical energy.and the UK. to maximize the integration of renewables The installation provides dynamic voltage into the power chain. For this project, we control in the distribution system and, atSwitzerland’s largest battery energy utilized our battery energy storage expertise the same time, enables dynamic storagestorage project to store locally produced energy from wind of surplus energy from the wind power ABB recently commissioned the largest turbines to create a storage capacity of plant. This surplus energy is used to levelbattery energy storage project of its 75 kilowatts (kW) in cycles of up to 60 out peaks in grid loading to provide gridkind in Switzerland with EKZ, a leading minutes. The stored energy will then be stability.distribution utility and one of the largest used to stabilize the grid and help balance For more information:energy companies in Switzerland. peak loads during the day. www.abb.com/energyefficiency contact 2 | 12 9
  10. 10. Global newsShininga light onEURO 201260,000 football fans enjoyed ideal lightingconditions throughout the Group matchesand during the knockout stages withcentralized, intelligent lighting controls forlarge spacesA s the 14th UEFA European look at the action on the pitch. During the connected the lighting systems in the Football Championship EURO three Group B matches, in the evenings, stadium from the locker rooms to the 2012, kicked off, all eyes were fans and players alike, depended on optimal VIP lounge and the KNX-based building on Poland, one of the hosts of lighting throughout the stadium, creating control system helped rapidly control thethe event, where 16 teams were battling bright moments off the field. Our control brightness and light so that the fans gotit out for the coveted trophy. system ensured that no one had to sit or the best football experience. On June 9, 2012, 30,000 football fans play in the dark. It provided centralized Many English and French football fansgathered beneath the lights controlled control of lighting systems and, through its had already experienced optimal lightingby ABB’s i-bus ® KNX technology at the intelligent software provided energy-efficient at the airport of Donetsk, Ukraine, whereArena Lviv stadium in the Ukraine while lighting by optimizing the brightness of the our modern building system technologieswatching Germany play Portugal at Arena stadium to suit the natural light conditions. controlled the lights, and guided footballLviv, a dedicated football stadium and one On June 11, Sweden played Ukraine fans towards their group matches.of eight around the world to host UEFA’s in the first of the tournament matches ABB has been part of such big events inEuro 2012. at the Stadium, in Kiev. At this stadium stadiums similar to those used in the Euro Although the stadium was reputed to 60,000 football fans enjoyed ideal lighting Cup on earlier occasions, like the 2010be the smallest venue, rather than its size conditions throughout the group’s matches World Cup. At this event we supplied dry-counting against it, proved to be an added and during the knockout stages. type transformers which served the Greenattraction for football fans for an up close One hundred i-bus KNX DALI gateways Point stadium in Cape Town, which has10 contact 2 | 12
  11. 11. Global news Our technologies make us partners in major sports stadiums around the worlda retractable roof and a seating capacityof 68,000. Similar transformers in the 500to 1000 kVA range have been installed KNX: One system. One standard.in the Soccer City stadium, located inSoweto, Johannesburg. This stadium, with Many interconnected functions.a seating capacity of around 100,000, was – Maximum flexibilitythe focal point of the tournament and was – Offers safety and security for both people and propertychosen as the venue for the opening and – Energy–saving with climate, shutter, heating and lighting controlclosing ceremonies and key matches of – Quick and simple adaptation to individual needs and use of premises, suchthe tournament. as sports stadiumsFor more information: www.abb.com/knx – Replaces separate control solutions typical of technology with a single, optimal, energy–efficient system contact 2 | 12 11
  12. 12. Feature DeNittis PV plant, Foggia – Puglia, Italy Photovaltaic panels12 contact 2 | 12
  13. 13. FeatureHarnessingItaly’s solarpower potentialSuccessful delivery of 14 photovoltaic power plants in Italy witha combined generating capacity of 100 MW in just 9 months2 011 was a year of intense activity in the solar photovoltaic (PV) market. With new installations adding 29 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy ABB solar offeringsacross the globe, the solar PV marketmarked a tremendous 58 percent year-on- – Turnkey solution – design, engi- – Remote monitoring, operation,year growth. Italy came to the forefront as neering, supply, installation and diagnostics and maintenancethe single largest solar market, for the first commissioning from a dedicated control center intime overtaking Germany, the world leader – Quick turnaround – qualifies our a remote locationin PV. As the engineering, procurement and customers for high feed-in tariff – Full range of power and automa-construction (EPC) partner of 14 PV plants, – Trusted engineering, procurement tion equipment − transformers,ABB was ready to step up to the challenge and construction (EPC) consortium switchgear, inverters, protectionwhen the window of opportunity appeared. partner devices, medium voltage cabi-We are proud of having taken part in this – Best-in-class substation monitor- nets, medium and high voltagedefining moment in Italy’s solar power ing and control system − efficiently cables, distributed control sys-industry especially as this is a success transfers power from plant to grid tems and control software, lowwe can replicate elsewhere in the world. – High optimization and low power voltage systems, auxiliary systems losses − push peak performance (such as lighting and ventilation)The challenge ratio above customer expectations Setting up the 24 megawatt (MW) – Electrical balance of plant (EBoP)Canino PV power plant in Lazio was a test solutionof our mettle in end-to-end project delivery.There were many layers of complexity in theexecution of the project: hilly terrain, poor contact 2 | 12 13
  14. 14. Feature soil condition, the magnitude of installation for a large-scale roof-top PV plant. Located over a 95-hectare site and just as daunting, on the roof of a commercial building in management of a 500-strong workforce. the town of Cairo Montenotte, the plant Civil works, installation and commissioning incorporates 3,840 PV panels on fixed were carried out simultaneously at different structures and provides 0.864 MW of places on the site and the plant was electric power. This power is not used by delivered in just five months. the facility; instead it is transferred to a 15 The Canino plant supplies 103,488 kilovolt (kV) distribution network. modules, making it the largest lease financing PV project ever undertaken in Italy. As a The success result of high optimization and substantially Our turnkey solutions reduce the cost lower power losses, the site is operating at and risk of constructing and operating 87 percent instead of the expected peak photovoltaic power plants, consequently performance ratio of 81.5 percent. allowing for rapid deployment. It was a real In Foggia, three plants with a combined challenge to meet the time constraints on capacity of 39 MW were completed six the delivery of all 14 power plants. Even so, weeks ahead of schedule. We were 12 were completed ahead of schedule and responsible for remote monitoring the a 24 MW plant was built and commissioned plants from a dedicated PV control center in five months.A trusted partner for turnkey solar PV plants in Genoa, almost 400 miles distant. Also There is good reason why we are second in Foggia, four plants in a 10-kilometer to none in speed and efficiency: for one, area were set up three weeks ahead of as leaders in power and automation, we time, despite delays caused by heavy draw on our vast manufacturing capacity Over a period of 45 years winter rains. The multi-plant project has for solutions. Both, procurement channels we have successfully a combined capacity of 15 MW. and supply chain processes are designed The Helios ITA-3 parks with two 5 MW for speed and efficiency. Secondly, we completed 300 EPC plants, in Brindisi and Mesagne were meet pressing deadlines by successfully projects worldwide in completed in under ten weeks, well ahead collaborating with local subcontractors in diverse industries. of schedule and under budget. Each plant Italy with a proven track record. Lastly, our comprises 22,500 polycrystalline modules EPC competence and electrical expertise mounted on single-axis trackers. Remote come into play in managing and executing operation and maintenance are carried out complex processes on site. via the control center in Genoa. In conclusion, we have a long and In Sicily our company was the EPC successful track record as EPC partners. contractor for Falck Renewables that Over a period of 45 years we have operates solar, wind, biomass and waste- successfully completed 300 EPC projects to-energy plants in Italy, UK, France and worldwide in diverse industries – power Spain. The three PV power plants at generation, oil and gas and water, to name Spinasanta, Cardonita and Sugherotorto a few. With our EPC center of excellence with a combined generating capacity of located in Genoa we were perfectly 13.1 MW use almost 57,000 photovoltaic positioned to execute turnkey projects cells and a support structure at a tilt angle for the local Italian market. of 20 degrees. For more information: www.abb.com/solar In Liguria we provided a turnkey solution Did you know? ABB has long been at the forefront of solutions for the world’s first the solar power industry. integrated solar and combined cycle In the 1980s ABB developed the plant power plants in Algeria, Egypt and automation platform for the world’s the United States. first concentrating solar power (CSP) And, in PV power plants we have an test facility in Spain, and is now a extensive reference list of solutions leading supplier of turnkey CSP plants that not only covers the length and based on the uniquely cost-effective breadth of Italy, but much of the technology of its partner, Novatec Solar. northern Mediterranean as well. In 2010 we delivered comprehensive14 contact 2 | 12
  15. 15. In focusLethabo plant goeson streamABB builds first South African solar power plant in record time as part of a pilotscheme to reduce the national utilitys carbon footprint system that optimizes the number of panels connected to each inverter enabling the plant to harness more energy at all times, even during periods of poor light like dawn, dusk and cloudy weather. ABB’s turnkey solution included the design, engineering, erection, grid connection and commissioning of the groundbreaking solar plants. The electrical, control and automation equipment as well as the optimization technologies to be deployed were also manufactured by us. Rapid delivery was facilitated by our well-proven concept of pre-assembled, factory-tested electrical balance of plant modules, and by our expertise in project execution, which, in the case of Lethabo and Kendal, have cut weeks off the conventional delivery time to enable the plants to be fully operational in record time. For more information: www.abb.com/solarThe inaugural ceremony at the Lethabo solar PV plant in November 2011 “The world-class technology will give ABB inC South Africa the opportunity to transfer skills ompleting the first South African an annual production potential of 11.4 in solar technology, further complementing solar power plant in record time, million kWh. This project was successfully and enhancing local capabilities in engineering and project management." ABB has surpassed industry launched on November 25, 2011. expectations. The greenfield Both PV projects form part of a pilot – Goetz-Dietrich Wolffphotovoltaic (PV) power plant, based scheme aimed at eventually reducing Manager of Power Generation business inadjacent to the Lethabo power station Eskom’s carbon footprint. To optimize South Africain Gauteng, was completed in just 75 productivity, high-efficiency ABBdays and will provide power for the plant’s monocrystalline PV panels were selectedadministration buildings, while reducing because of their uniquely efficient conceptthe facility’s auxiliary power consumption. for PV power plants. The approach The Lethabo project, which was combined high levels of customization, rapidcommissioned by Eskom, South turnkey delivery and system optimizationAfrica’s national utility, was inaugurated technologies that enable the plants toin November 2011 by national Public generate around 20 percent more energyEnterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba. ABB than alternative designs.was tasked with pioneering a single axis The PV plants are designed to operatetracking solar PV system with a peaking independently to produce electrical powercapacity of 575 kilowatts (kW) and an for use by the existing power stations andannual production potential of 12.5 million will be capable of remote operation andkilowatt hours (kWh). monitoring. Similarly, ABB also won the Eskom The technologies, several of which arePV contract for installing a fixed-tilt solar patented by us, include a programmablePV power plant at the Kendal station, in logic controller (PLC) that increases trackerMpumalanga, with a 620 kW capacity and accuracy and an automatic switching contact 2 | 12 15
  16. 16. In focusGoing green with hybridpower plantsComplementing fuel generation with solar energy for higher output and lower fuelconsumption and CO2 emissionsA t present, fossil fuels dominate the electricity generation landscape of the Middle East where, both the costs of inland fuel-burningand the environmental impact of CO 2emissions have raised concerns. ABB’s integrated solar combined cycle(ISCC) addresses this issue by employingthe region’s abundant solar irradiance intohighly efficient, reliable and environmentally-friendly hybrid power plants. The conceptcombines conventional fossil fuel-poweredsteam turbines and a solar thermal steamgenerator to provide reliable and cleanpower. Unlike classic, open-cycle, gas-firedpower plants, releasing high temperatureflue gasses directly into the atmosphere,ABB’s combined cycle solution makesuse of this residual thermal energy, byproducing steam in a heat recovery steamgenerator (HRSG). In parallel to this heatrecovery generated steam, ABB Novatec’sFresnel-based solar boilers produce a World’s first solar hybrid coal-fired power station of ABB in Liddell, Australiasecond stream of superheated steam.Due to the high solar thermal steam was completed in January 2012. The 9.3 60 percent. The on-site infrastructure,parameters achieved in the solar boilers, megawatt (MW) power station consists together with the pre-existing operatingthe two streams can operate independently, of four rows of linear Fresnel reflectors, licenses, further enhance our high-efficient,resulting in high flexibility. covering an area of 18,000 square meters, clean electricity generation concept into a almost the size of three football fields. profitable turnkey solution.Increased energy efficiency – decreased ABB innovation and development ofemissions Enhanced oil recovery hybrid power plants provide a more energy- This solar-augmentation process results Apart from utility electricity generation, efficient option for electricity generation inin an increase of output power of the the idea of complementing fuel generation the Middle East, which relies heavily onotherwise low-efficiency, fossil fuel-fired with solar energy can be particularly fossil fuels. In addition, the EOR methodpower plants. In addition, it results in a useful for reducing the fuel consumption can increase the amount of oil extractedsignificant reduction in fuel consumption of energy-intensive industries. For the by using solar generated steam – bothand CO2 emissions. This hybrid approach major oil producers in the Gulf Cooperation technologies are a vital step forward towith the integration of solar power helps Council (GCC), the solar-based enhanced lowering the environmental impact of CO2mitigate the effects of the fluctuant nature oil recovery (EOR) displays the potential emissions, which is an increasingly pressingof solar irradiation. By modulating the fuel of significantly increasing the amount of issue, both in the Middle East and aroundinput of the plant, these fluctuations can extracted crude oil, while lowering the fuel the world.be compensated, resulting in a permanent costs. By injecting solar generated steam For more information: www.abb.com/solarcoverage of the grid’s power needs. into the oil beds and heating them, the ABB Novatec’s power plant in Liddell, viscosity of the heavy crude oil can beAustralia, is the world’s first integration reduced and facilitate its pumping to theof solar thermal technology with a surface. Already technologically proven,traditional coal-fired power station. The the concept can increase the amount ofproject commenced in early 2011 and extractable oil from aging wells by upto16 contact 2 | 12
  17. 17. In focusNovatec Solar technology holds the key to renewable energy developmentTransforming energy systemsSaudi Arabia enters a new solar era as renewable energy options hold the promiseof sustainable and efficient generation of electricityT he Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is sources to achieve its overall renewable renewable energy as an alternative source likely to spearhead the region‘s energy target. The CSP target could be to meet the growing domestic demand. emerging trend towards responsible for the generation of 75 to About 20 percent of the country’s electricity adoption of alternative and 110 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per is produced currently by utilizing exhaustrenewable sources of energy. In 2010, annum once it starts operations. gases old power plants and through solarthe Government of KSA established the According to research report, GCC energy projects.Saudi Energy Efficiency Board (SEEC), Renewable Energy Sector Analysis,as energy efficiency was identified as a solar holds the key to renewable energy ABB as preferred partnernational priority. One of the objectives development in the Gulf Cooperation We have been working closely with theof the SEEC was to propose a national Council (GCC) region as it is the single public utilities, Saudi Aramco, the world’senergy efficiency plan in order to rationalize most abundant renewable source of energy largest oil producer, and the KA-CARE,energy usage in the country. Thus, KSAs available there. Huge investments and the Saudi government body responsible tofirst grid-connected solar power plant research studies are happening in efforts drive renewable energy. We are committedwas inaugurated in 2011. The Kingdom of to tap the solar energy in the region as to be a strong industry partner and play aSaudi Arabia is entering into a new era of part of the renewable energy development. leading strategic role in order to achieveproducing electricity through solar energy Almost 85 to 90 percent of the money being the Kingdoms ambitions to transformin the country. Saudi Arabia launched its spent on renewable energy development its energy system into a sustainable andfirst solar power plant on Farasan Island is being put in solar energy. The research efficient generation park. Localization,in June last year. This marked a significant report documents all the initiatives being knowledge transfer, R&D efforts, educationstep in the governments efforts to produce taken in the individual countries to help are just some keywords which explain whatclean energy. boost their power production from solar partnership means for us. energy. The future of solar power in the For more information: www.abb.com/solarSolar – key to a bright future GCC region, according to the report, is as Saudi Arabia has set an ambitious target bright as sunshine.of installing more than 40 gigawatts (GW) Saudi Arabia is one of the top rankedof solar power capacity by 2032, of which, nations with respect to residential60 percent would come from concentrated consumption of electricity. Almost half ofsolar power (CSP) and remaining from its power consumption is accounted forphotovoltaics (PV). Concentrating solar by residents.The key drivers for a strongpower technology is being looked at as initiative towards renewable energy is thea pathbreaking initiative by the country growing understanding and acceptanceas it will need to install much more CSP by the public and private sector of thecapacity than any other country has ever benefits of using solar power.done, while continuing to develop other The government has been pushing for contact 2 | 12 17
  18. 18. In focusPowering one of India’slargest solar plants40 MW grid-connected solar power plant in Gujarat commissioned in just fivemonths for Adani Group, who made a paradigm shift from thermal to solar powergenerationI nfrastructure conglomerate, Adani Group, commissioned a 40-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Bitta in Gujarats Bhuj district in December2011. The plant marks Adani Group’sforay into the renewable energy sectorand was commissioned in a record timeof five months. Over four lakh thin filmphotovoltaic (PV) modules are mountedon approximately 21,700 mountingstructures to generate 40 megawattsof electricity. The Group envisionssetting up an even bigger 100 MW solarpower plant in the future, as a furthercommitment towards clean and greenenergy. Currently, the power generatedfrom this solar plant is connected toNetra substation in the same district. For ABB, this was one of the biggestsolar substation orders in India. Thescope included supply, erection andcommissioning of a 66 kilovolt (kV)switchyard with two 66/11 kV, 25/31.5megavolt amperes (MVA) power Adanis 40 MW solar plant in Bittatransformers, 11 kV medium voltageindoor switchgear, 10 two-way ring main national level. Gujarat’s solar capacityunits (RMU) and 18 three-way RMUs. today corresponds to two-thirds of the Dhinesh D, Project Manager for the installed capacity of the entire nation.Power Systems business, ABB in India For more information: www.abb.com/solarsaid, “Meeting the rigorous parametersset by the customer, within the shorttime frame specified, proved to be atremendous challenge. Despite this, wewere able to deliver all products, fromtransformers to RMUs, on time. The solid Did you know?support of our supply chain and divisions – We are partners in diverse – In Surendranagar we supplied twoand the overall coordination of effort photovoltaic solar plant projects PVS 800, 500 kW solar inverterswas critical to the successful execution across Gujarat, varying in scale and one 1,250 kVA solar compactof this project.”We are also executing from 1 to 40 MW, and in location substation for Rajesh Power from desert to inland waterways. Services Private Limited’s 1 MW765 kV projects for Adani Group in other – In Chandrasan, we supplied the plant, commissioned ahead oflocations; in Tiroda, Koradi and Akola. compact substation and ring main schedule. The Group’s entry into the solar unit for SunEdison’s 1 MW canal-space was greatly facilitated by top solar power plant that coversGujarat Government’s policies and the a one-kilometer stretch of thepreferential tariff regime established to Narmada Canal.encourage participation of developersin this priority area. This state-specificinitiative has set an example at the18 contact 2 | 12
  19. 19. In focus HVDC transformer at SongoClean power from MozambiqueSongo-Apollo HVDC link to transmit 2 gigawatts power from the hydro plant onthe Zambezi river to neighboring South AfricaA small but fast growing eco- In 2006, Eskom contracted ABB to nomy, Mozambique in south- upgrade the Apollo converter station’s east Africa is poised to capacity from 1,920 MW to 2,500 MW, become the largest exporter and also lay the groundwork for a futureof coal, and with hydro power and more upgrade to 3,960 MW. Now ABB isrecently, the discovery of two enormous modernizing Apollo’s sister station ingas fields in Mozambique waters, a Mozambique.major energy exporter. The capacity at Songo station The Cahora Bassa hydro plant on remains the same, but it will get newthe Zambezi river produces 2,075 converter transformers, smoothing Cahora Bassa Dam, Mozambiquemegawatts (MW), most of which is reactors, arresters and measuringexported to neighboring South Africa equipment. The DC equipment will be pool, and the HVDC transmission linevia a 1,400 kilometer (km) high voltage commissioned in the second half of linking it to the South African marketdirect current (HVDC) transmission line. 2013 and the transformers a year later. will provide an efficient highway for theJointly owned by Hidroeléctrica de As with the Apollo upgrade, this project plant’s output for years to come.Cahora Bassa in Mozambique and will enhance availability and reliability, Demand for clean energy is increasingEskom, South Africa’s public utility, the ensuring a steady flow of power from rapidly and infrastructure projects likeHVDC transmission system comprises Cahora Bassa. Songo will play a vital role in the Africantwo parallel lines stretching from the The two gigawatts of clean, reliable continent’s economic success story.Songo converter station in Mozambique hydropower supplied by Mozambique For more information:to the Apollo station near Johannesburg. is critical to South Africa, beset www.abb.com/energyefficiency First installed in the late 1970s, the with recurring power shortages. ForSongo-Apollo link was largely destroyed Mozambique, the energy exportsduring 25 years of civil war. Finally, a represent an important source ofrestoration project repaired or replaced income. The Cahora Bassa plant isnearly all the 4,200 transmission line already one of the largest generationtowers, bringing the system back online facilities in the South African powerin 1998. contact 2 | 12 19
  20. 20. EventsHotel Show, DubaiIncreasing energy efficiency in hotelsRising energy demands and energy costsworld over have brought more and morepeople around to the view that energyefficiency is the alternative fuel. At The HotelShow in Dubai, UAE, ABB showcased thei-bus® KNX technology which encouragesefficient energy usage. Meanwhile, thethrice-nominated KNX team from ABB inEgypt walked away with the 2012 KNXAward at the Light and Building Fair inFrankfurt, Germany. “The hotel industry has started to focus Automation solutions for buildingsmore on automated solutions that providegreater energy efficiency, convenience andease of use. Buildings with our technologyare easier to manage and control, it allowsan everyday working or living environmentto be easily adapted to the individual’sneeds while saving energy.” – Tarek Zakaria, regional manager forKNX building technology, Middle East andAfricaSolarcon, Bangalore and Renewable Energy World, New DelhiCapturing the power of the sunWith the world’s focus firmly on the needfor increasing the proportion of renewablesin the energy mix, ABB shared its portfolioof solar energy solutions at RenewableEnergy World 2012 exposition in New Delhiand SOLARCON in Bangalore. “The intensive preparation that wentinto displaying our solar portfolio and thein-depth discussions that followed withvarious clients and visitors really paid off.The renewables industry is going througha consolidation phase in India and the SOLARCON, Bangaloredemand and opportunities for extendingpower infrastructure have resulted in anopen, professional and specific exchangeof information.” – Subir Pal, Country Manager, IndustrySegment Initiative (ISI) Renewable Energy World, New Delhi20 contact 2 | 12
  21. 21. EventsAquatech, New DelhiManaging a precious resourceConservation is the most environmentallysound way of reducing demand for waterthat is a fast depleting resource all overthe globe. ABB shared its contributionsto sustainable resource management atAquatech, the largest international watershow in India. “We rolled out our complete packageof solutions for instrumentation, controland electrical (ICE) on a LCD screen,from motors, switchgear and automation,through desalination, water supply, sewagetreatment and effluent treatment plants tolift irrigation, canal automation and non-revenue water. We got great mileagefrom Aquatech, closing two orders forinstrumentation on the spot.” – Ravindra Akki, Country Water ISI,Manager, IndiaForthcoming events in the regionSouthern Gulf and IndiaPakistan Visit us at Seatrade Middle East Maritime, November 27-29, 2012, Dubai World Trade Center – UAE, Stand M1.Let ABB present convincing evidence on And find out more on increased uptime on Visit us at ELASIA 2013, the internationalhow we can increase asset performance turbochargers and reduced operation cost. exhibition on power, electrical and lightingby 6%. from January 4-6, 2013, at BIEC, Bangalore, Ask for proof on how we can achieve where you can see the very latest lowthe extra output and we will show you how voltage product offerings from ABB.we can lower cost and add more value Central Africa and Egyptto your business by focusing on the realissues you are grappling with today:– Extend asset life and reduce operational expenditure Mepcon12– Reduce emissions and energy Get to know the latest technology trends consumption at Middle East Power Systems Conference– Make optimal use of assets and take MEPCON ’12 from December 23-25. The quick decisions 15th international conference at Alexandria– Stabilize power input and improve power in Egypt will explore power systems in quality depth, from smart grids and power– Safer operations electronics to FACTS and HVDC transmission systems.Visit us at Adipec 2012, November 11-14,Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center(ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. contact 2 | 12 21
  22. 22. For a better worldSolar integration and exportDedicated solutions for integrating solar power in the utility grid and trans-continental transmission via HVDC enable our customers to optimize operationsand boost profitabilityW e support our customers right (Distributed Power Control and Dispatch The solar plants to be built in North Africa from selecting the optimal Systems), as well as an innovative, fast need to be interconnected, but most of all, generation solutions through and highly charged/discharged efficient the power needs to be transmitted over to to enabling the reliable flywheel storage for grid stabilization. Europe through HVDC as it is across theand profitable employment of their solar sea.power. This translates to developing and HVDC the highway for solar exportembedding dedicated solutions for grid Favorable trends around solar generation Smart energy managementintegration and commercialization of solar in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) The gradual shift from a centralizedelectricity. There are a range of solutions region have brought the vision of exporting power flow, to a multi-actor energy market,available such as: micro-grid approaches solar electricity, considerably closer to reality. calls for a strategic employment of thefor distributed generation, dedicated energy It is ABB’s groundbreaking discovery of generated power. Our dedicated tools enable customers to both optimally operate their plants and profitably participate in the energy market. By employing Intelligent Solar Information Systems (ISIS®), the solar plant owner can easily perform a real-time remote monitoring and operation of his installation via Internet Explorer. Dedicated demand/response management tools facilitate the coordination between the solar plant, other generator types and the loads existing in the grid and thus enable the strategic operation of the plant. Tools such as Ventyx Virtual Power Plant, enable both the utility to incentivize the selling of clean solar energy and the environmentally conscious users to choose it. For more information: www.abb.com/solarDedicated solutions for grid integration and commercialization of solar powermanagement tools and high voltage direct high voltage direct current transmissioncurrent (HVDC) transmission lines for that has built the highway that makes thisenabling the export of the Middle East’s export possible, technically reliable andsolar power. economically feasible. Through HVDC transmission, large amounts of power canMicro-grids integrate solar power be sent over long distances, with both, Depending on the penetration level – low capital expenditures and significantlyshare of the total instantaneous power in the decreased resistive and capacitive losses.grid – the reliable integration of electricity ABB’s HVDC Light, specifically designed fororiginating from intermittent sources such underground or underwater transmission,as solar irradiation requires precise pre- is the ideal candidate for exporting MEprocessing steps, voltage and frequency solar energy undersea. Together with theregulation and control. ABB PowerCorp other 11 industry founders of the Desertecmanages to fully integrate solar power into Solar Initiative, we are focusing on thethe existing grid, by employing SMART feasibility, financing and construction ofGRID control and automation techniques the interconnection plan.22 contact 2 | 12
  23. 23. For a better worldHighly efficient and cost-effective CSP power plantsLeading through innovationApplying a range of efficient and reliable solutions suitablefor harsh desert climates, from concentrated solar power to solar steamW e are committed to providing thin, flat and light panels are used which are purposes, the so-called Enhanced Oil the most efficient, reliable not only inexpensive to manufacture, but Recovery. According to a recent report and competitive solar also easy to transport, install and maintain. by SBI, conventional oil recovery methods solutions for high direct The secondary reflector contributes to are only able to extract about 10-30normal irradiation (DNI) regions between the superheating of steam up to 500 percent of the potential oil from any given1,800-2,500 kWh/m2/year and hot climates degrees centigrade, which translates into reservoir, leaving nearly 70-90 percent ofsuch as the Middle East. To support this, a significant efficiency gain, especially the reservoir’s oil in the ground source.ABB has established strategic partnerships in regions with high environmental Injecting solar steam into the oil fields,with the provider of the best performing temperatures. heats the reservoir, reducing the viscosityconcentrated solar power (CSP) solution: of the untapped heavy crude oil andNovatec Solar. Solar steam and its range of applications facilitating its pumping. EOR technologies Besides CSP plants for power can increase the quantity of extractableABB Novatec’s CSP solution generation, there are other ways of using oil from aging wells up to 60 percent. In March 2011, ABB acquired 35 percent process steam generated directly in (Source: US Department of Energy – http://of Novatec Solar’s shares and integrated Novatec’s Linear Fresnel Collectors. ABB www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/oilgas/their innovative Fresnel Linear Collector Novatec’s solar boiler can successfully be eor/index.html)technology into the companys power employed for retrofitting low-efficiency gas- Further applications which are of greatgeneration portfolio, making ABB a turnkey fired plants, a predominant component of interest and focus in the Middle Eastsupplier of highly efficient and cost-effective the current Middle Eastern energy mix. are solar cooling and solar desalinationCSP power plants. Linear Fresnel reflectors The CSP augmentation employed in the where ABBs long experience enables theuse long, thin segments of flat mirrors to integrated solar combined cycles (ISCC) design of all components in a way to reachfocus sunlight onto a fixed absorber located power plants is based on heat recovery and economical optimum regarding output andat a common focal point of the reflectors. steam superheating in Fresnel boilers. The efficiency.These mirrors are capable of concentrating integrated solar combined cycle concept For more information: www.abb.com/solarthe sun’s energy to approximately 30 times is a hybrid power plant. It is a conventionalits normal intensity. Novatec Solar is the gas turbine combined cycle and a solarpioneer developer of the first commercial thermal steam generator that providesCSP Plant called Puerto Errado in Murcia, reliable and clean power. Due to the highSpain, operating since 2009 at a power solar thermal steam parameters achievedplant efficiency of 38 percent. in Novatec’s Fresnel-based solar boilers Employing the Fresnel reflector principle, ABBs ISCC cycle provides high solarABB Novatec’s CSP plants achieve shares at very low cost.performances appreciably higher than the Another clever way of using solartraditional parabolic trough plants. Super generated steam is for oil recovery contact 2 | 12 23
  24. 24. Glimpses of ABBSpurring Africa’s growthCustom-made solar solutions expand local engineeringcapabilities, benefitting both, the people and the environment ofthe African continent A frica has an abundance of natural A lucrative marketplace, Africa has resources and many African been identified by ABB as a key growth countries are counted among market. With our industry expertise and the fastest growing economies comprehensive environmentally-conscious in the world. So, on the one hand the portfolio, we are currently operational in continent continues to grow exponentially, more than 15 countries on the African while on the other, the World Bank has continent: namely Algeria, Angola, estimated that more than 500 million Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Africans are living without electricity. It is Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Egypt, estimated that by 2015 Africa will produce Ghana, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic 20 percent of global oil and by 2040 the of Congo, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, African population may exceed that of India Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. or China. With growing economies and To accommodate the growth on booming populations, providing reliable the African continent, South Africa and electricity is becoming a huge challenge. Egypt have been identified as centers of Transmission and distribution grids in excellence in an initiative called the Focus many parts of Africa are operating close Africa Re-wire strategy. The two countries to capacity, and although new grids are will continue to drive sales in Africa by being built rapidly, many Africans still have recruiting and training additional sales no access to electricity. engineers who will be active in the market24 contact 2 | 12
  25. 25. Glimpses of ABB Johannesburg – the commercial hub of South Africawith existing customers while developing levels of energy efficiency through the agenda for Africa, particularly south ofand extending our customer base. deployment of alternative and renewable the Sahara by strategically deploying the As a center of excellence, South Africa sources. most suitable of our many innovations.provides support to Angola, Congo, Through energy efficiency, companies ABB recently launched a new conceptKenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. These – and countries – can improve their for turnkey concentrating solar powercountries form part of the sub-Saharan sustainability significantly, allowing them (CSP) plants based on a low-cost, highlyregion. Predictions in the World Bank’s to focus their effort on other important efficient and highly scalable technologylatest ’Global Economic Prospects’ report elements such as staff and skills that uses considerably less material, landindicate that the sub-Saharan African region development. and water than any other CSP technology.is expected to record a 5.3 percent growth Globally, the energy efficiency of thermal The ABB-Novatec Solar concept can bein 2013 as global firms and domestic power plants alone has improved by three used to generate energy in a wide rangedemands remain robust. Despite a slower percentage points since 1990. However, of applications including stand-alone orprojected growth, developing countries strong disparities still exist between hybrid power plants, as fuel-savers inare expected to account for more than developed countries and the developing existing power plants, in desalination andhalf of the global growth from 2012 to world, where efficiency is low, mainly due district cooling plants, and in industrial2014. Huge investments in infrastructure to aging plants and the large share of coal processes that require steam. This is aare an integral part of the springboard for in thermal generation. Africa in particular fine example of a solution ideally suited toeconomic growth for both South Africa needs to be smart and forward thinking with the African continent’s requirements.and for the whole southern African region. its technology and automation investments. Expanding local engineering capabilitiesThe reliable supply of electricity, therefore, With its recognized expertise in power and working with customers to developremains a pressing issue on the continent. grid efficiency improvements, ABB has custom-made solutions that will benefit While globally coal remains the main worked with many power companies and the people and the environment whilesource for the production of electricity (40 authorities around the world to reduce the making the business more sustainablepercent), with natural gas accounting for rate of transmission and distribution losses. is ABB’s key objective for Africa. It hasmore than 20 percent, almost half of the However, most of these improvements were the technology, the expertise and theelectricity-producing countries of the world effected in developed countries, mainly experience to leverage its footprint withhave an emission factor of below 500 g through the use of low-loss conductors production in all five divisions.CO2 / kWh in 2009. However, Africa, with and transformers, the standardization and One of sub-Sahara’s most recent winsits large share of coal in the power mix, upgrading of transmission and distribution is the five-year Full Service ® contract withcontinues to be a very high CO 2 emission voltages, and reactive power control. It is Namibia Custom Smelters (NCS). ABBproducer, presenting both challenges and now our aim to play an even bigger part will manage all maintenance to improveopportunities for the introduction of greater in driving the fast-track developmental productivity and equipment reliability at the contact 2 | 12 25
  26. 26. Glimpses of ABBEnhancing local engineering capabilitycopper smelting and converting plant in development program involves the security stations and earth electrodes. This is theTsumeb, some 425 kilometers north of the and quality supply of its electrical energy first time that this technology will be used forcapital, Windhoek. We will also provide to the various treatment, pumping and overhead transmission lines. The Caprivi Linkprocess optimization, energy consulting distribution stations. In order to achieve the Interconnector will increase grid reliabilityand equipment life cycle services, mainly safe and reliable supply of electrical energy, and enable the establishment of powerthrough the retained maintenance staff and they have embarked on a medium voltage trading in the southern African region.management who will be further trained switchgear replacement project which spans The African continent certainly hasto meet our performance standards. across the various areas of its operation. established itself as the world’s current The plant houses two primary smelting ABB in South Africa was awarded phase focus for business growth opportunitiesfurnaces and three converters. It has an one of the switchgear replacement project and ABB is poised to leverage thoseannual production capacity of 200,000 tons in February 2012 at a value of R21.5 million. opportunities, while contributing in a significantof copper concentrate from the treatment Our superior technology and compliance way to the sustainable development of aof complex copper concentrates containing to the IEC 62271 standard, coupled with great continent.gold, silver and arsenic. The smelter is one extensive experience and credibility in the For more information: www.abb.co.zaof only a few in the world which is able to water industry, were some of the key factorstreat arsenic-bearing copper concentrates. in winning us this order. The estimated Another exciting project is the Rand date of completion for phase one is JuneWater project in South Africa. This project 2013, and once complete, it will assist inincludes the supply, delivery, installation and enabling Rand Water to continue to supplycold commissioning of 78 switchgear panels high quality potable water to the Gautengto four Rand Water sites namely, Amazimtoti, region.Vereeniging, Lethabo and Palmiet. Rand A pioneer project in the region involvesWater is an organ of state, reporting to the a 2 x 300 megawatt (MW) interconnectionDepartment of Water and Environmental between a converter station in the CapriviAffairs. Their distribution network strip in Namibia, close to the border ofincludes over 3,056 kilometers of large Zambia, and another converter station,diameter pipeline, feeding 58 strategically about 300 kilometers north of Windhoek.located service reservoirs. Its customers Known as the Caprivi Link Interconnector,include metropolitan municipalities, local the project spans over a distance of 950municipalities, mines and industries and kilometers, with AC voltages of 320 kilovoltit supplies, on average, 3,653 million (kV) and 400 kV on the two ends of aliters of water to these customers daily. In bipolar 350 kV DC overhead line. This isorder to ensure continuity of supply, Rand the first HVDC Light® project to be builtWater invests huge resources to expand, with overhead lines. ABB was responsibleupgrade and maintain its infrastructure. for system engineering including design,An important aspect of this infrastructure supply and installation of the two converter26 contact 2 | 12