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Issue 13 May 2010 ABB TODAY The customer magazine of ABB in Singapore Driving sustainable
Issue 13
May 2010
ABB
TODAY
The customer magazine of ABB in Singapore
Driving
sustainable
growth
Sharing knowledge about
the latest in service and
maintenance
Page 4
ABB congratulates SPH
for the launch of the
upgrading and renewal
project at Print Centre
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The ACS 2000 medium
voltage drive
Easy and reliable installation
Page 8
First use of robot in
Southeast Asia’s wood
industry to increase
productivity and lower
carbon footprint
Page 12
Prototypes of ABB’s charging
points for electric vehicles were
showcased at the International
Geneva Motor Show 2010.
Story on page 5
charging points for electric vehicles were showcased at the International Geneva Motor Show 2010. Story on

ABB in Singapore

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Highlights

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ABB channel partners

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Product news

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Features

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Success stories

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Training

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Partners network

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ABB Today Issue 13 May 2010 The customer magazine of ABB in Singapore www.abb.com.sg

Published by marketing and corporate communications editorial team: Emely Tan, Sally Chye, Goh Ying Hua, and Joey Chiang

About ABB ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

Disclaimer The information contained herein reflects the views of the authors and is for information purposes only. Readers should not act upon the information contained herein without seeking professional advice. We make publications available with the understanding that the authors are not rendering technical or other professional advice or opinions on specific facts or matters and assume no liability whatsoever in connection with their use. The companies of the ABB Group do not make any warranty or guarantee, or promise, expressed or implied, concerning the content and accuracy of the views expressed herein.

the content and accuracy of the views expressed herein. Printed on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle

Printed on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle this magazine.

on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle this magazine. Isabel Chong Vice President of ABB’s Low Voltage
on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle this magazine. Isabel Chong Vice President of ABB’s Low Voltage

Isabel Chong Vice President of ABB’s Low Voltage Products division in Singapore

Achieving growth together

Almost half of 2010 has gone by, and I hope you have had a good year so far. For the Low Voltage Products (LP) division, this year has been an exciting one.

We are focusing on improving our understanding of the market in order to serve our customers better.

We have also made improvements on our upstream selling, sales to market, and last but not least, to our internal processes, especially on our commitment to improve stock availability. It is important our customers find it easy to do business with ABB.

In order to demonstrate how ABB’s technologies can achieve energy efficiency within offices and homes, we have recently set- up a small lighting and building control room within our premises. Do feel free to contact our team for a visit. Energy efficiency is a key growth driver, and green buildings are important in optimizing our energy use. ABB has a lot to offer for energy and process efficiency.

ABB is also identifying new growth opportunities, and many of you may be aware of the division realignment for our automation businesses at the beginning of 2010. It has allowed us to focus intensely on businesses with similar technologies, channels to market, and service models. These changes will enable us to bring our total offering to our customers more easily, and again, reflects our ambition to be more responsive to market needs.

We value our customers, channel partners and various stakeholders, and as ABB achieves sustainable growth, we also want our stakeholders to grow together with us. Let’s strive further and see what we can accomplish for what I think will be a rewarding 2010.

to grow together with us. Let’s strive further and see what we can accomplish for what

ABB in Singapore

ABB in Singapore
ABB in Singapore Gearing for sustainable growth The economy seems to be in a recovery phase.
ABB in Singapore Gearing for sustainable growth The economy seems to be in a recovery phase.

Gearing for sustainable growth

The economy seems to be in a recovery phase. While this is something to be hopeful about, I think we have learnt at the start of the recession that we cannot be waiting for economic growth to return. We have been acting to create growth, and looking for ways to improve our market approach.

ABB has always been leading in technology, and we are aligning our innovations with key growth drivers, like climate change and industrial productivity.

A number of products targeted to specific

opportunities, like solar inverters, energy- management software, SVC Light for smart grid applications, and a new robot tailored to discrete manufacturing have been launched. Our highly experienced engineers are also lending their expertise

to the service market, and can provide

greater support to ABB’s products and systems. Targeting both organic and inorganic growth, ABB has also made three acquisitions this year to fill some gaps in our offering.

In Singapore, we also made several bold decisions during a challenging economic environment. We have refurbished our low voltage systems workshop and customer center, to improve operations and better showcase our portfolio. We are also looking forward to the setup of a Robotics Application Center by the third quarter, to support the needs of emerging markets, and specialized high-end manufacturing industries. We’ve increased our focus on customer service, and aim to be a company that our customers enjoy working with.

Globally, ABB has created a centralized marketing and customer solutions unit that will help us cultivate a culture and commitment to serving our customers better, help consolidate our efforts in key vertical markets, and seek further growth in emerging economies. We are excited about possible business opportunities, and as a company, we have never been so open to change. Our employees have made immense efforts to ensure we stay ahead in the markets, and

have helped prove that we can compete in a tough market.

As we focus on building strong business fundamentals and increasing our competiveness, I believe ABB will be a strong and agile leader. I am appreciative of our customers who have put their faith in us. Many of us are in late-cycle businesses, and we will not sense the economic recovery as quickly. While we strive to achieve better results for the remaining year, let us take time to build a stronger better relationship, and look for opportunities to improve the way we do business.

and look for opportunities to improve the way we do business. James Foo President and Country

James Foo President and Country Manager ABB in Singapore

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and look for opportunities to improve the way we do business. James Foo President and Country
Highlights

Highlights

Sharing knowledge about the latest in service and maintenance

ABB in Singapore shared with engineers and business leaders in power and automation industries about product lifecycle improvement technologies and their measureable benefits on business productivity, during a seminar held on April 22.

85 customers from industry segments like oil and gas, petrochemicals, shipyard, building and construction, power, electronics, food and beverage, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and environmental management attended the full-day service seminar held at ABB’s customer center at Ayer Rajah Crescent.

generate profits. He added that ABB’s experienced service engineers are ready to explain and assist those that have specific needs.

The key seminar topic for the day was “Reliability, availability, maintainability and safety issues with low voltage switchgear and motor control center”.

also shared on solutions to end-users and project design engineers.

To have a better understanding of ABB’s capabilities, attendees were also brought to the drives service, medium-voltage assembly, and the low-voltage systems workshops.

Sebastian Chia, ABB’s service manager for low voltage products, delivered the welcome address. He said that the session is aimed at helping our customers make an evaluation of what services are needed, or must be practiced, in order to enhance the value of service to business, and help

David Stonebridge, from ABB in Australia, and Gunnar Zank, from ABB in Singapore addressed actual issues with low-voltage switchgears that will impact plant personnel in different ways. Besides sharing on the problems, David

Besides increasing the awareness of problems that may occur as a result of insufficient service and maintenance, attendees also learnt about areas relevant to their work, like energy efficiency applications and case studies, and arc flash prevention.

applications and case studies, and arc flash prevention. Low Voltage Systems inaugurates newly renovated workshop ABB
applications and case studies, and arc flash prevention. Low Voltage Systems inaugurates newly renovated workshop ABB
applications and case studies, and arc flash prevention. Low Voltage Systems inaugurates newly renovated workshop ABB

Low Voltage Systems inaugurates newly renovated workshop

ABB officially opened its newly renovated low-voltage systems workshop in January. The new workshop has enhanced safety

features, like lifelines secured at the ceiling for working at height, and

a copper dust suction system for

a cleaner healthier environment. A

leveled floor helps ensure accuracy and quality of production, while a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system has been put in place for efficient replenishment of materials.

while a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system has been put in place for efficient replenishment of

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while a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system has been put in place for efficient replenishment of

Highlights

ABB in Singapore

Highlights ABB in Singapore

ABB’s charging stations featured at international motor show

Prototypes of ABB’s charging points for electric vehicles were showcased at the International Geneva Motor Show 2010, an important annual international exhibition for the world’s automakers.

international exhibition for the world’s automakers. An electric vehicle connected to ABB’s DC fast-charging

An electric vehicle connected to ABB’s DC fast-charging station.

ABB’s direct current (DC) fast-charging station concept was revealed to the public for the first time, appearing together with the “LAMPO 2”, an electric sports car prototype from Protoscar, at the joint stand of leading energy company Alpiq, and Swiss electric vehicle advocacy group ‘e- mobile’.

An alternating current (AC) charging pole prototype by ABB was featured at the Rinspeed stand, together with the “UC?”,

a lightweight two-seater electric urban

commuter car developed by Rinspeed. This example of an AC charging pole concept is intended for top-ups in public

areas like carparks.

The prototypes of the charging points for

electric vehicles are part of ABB’s research into grid infrastructure technology. ABB has a broad portfolio of products and systems required to build and operate

a smart grid, which includes intelligent

build and operate a smart grid, which includes intelligent To be released as a product in

To be released as a product in the near future, ABB’s DC fast-charging station concept is capable of up to 100 kilowatts charging with a compatible car, allowing a recharge of more than a 100-kilometer range in less than 10 minutes.

power management, and the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources to the grid.

The current grid infrastructure cannot provide fast-charging options, and ABB’s prototypes of charging points for electric vehicles can be part of a smart grid infrastructure that can support a higher adoption of electric cars without destabilizing the power grid.

ABB at Hanover Fair 2010: Key highlights

Hanover Fair (better known by its German name, Hannover Messe) is the world’s leading showcase for industrial technology. Established 60 years ago, it is considered the best showplace for industrial technologies, materials and product ideas.

for industrial technologies, materials and product ideas. An interactive smart grids exhibit was the major attraction

An interactive smart grids exhibit was the major attraction at the booth. Rainer Brüderle, the German minister of economic affairs and Annette Schavan, minister for education and research visited ABB’s booth to learn about ABB’s products and systems for an intelligent power grid.

ABB’s products and systems for an intelligent power grid. ABB was one of the major exhibitors

ABB was one of the major exhibitors at Hanover Fair 2010. The theme of ABB’s exhibit was “We make climate change possible”

of ABB’s exhibit was “We make climate change possible” With accuracy and precise timing, an ABB

With accuracy and precise timing, an ABB robot performed together with a cellist at the fair’s official opening ceremony.

with a cellist at the fair’s official opening ceremony. ABB presented a new sensor, which can

ABB presented a new sensor, which can feed itself with power.

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a cellist at the fair’s official opening ceremony. ABB presented a new sensor, which can feed
Highlights

Highlights

ABB congratulates SPH for the launch of the upgrading and renewal project at Print Centre

ABB joined Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to celebrate the launch of the upgrading and renewal project at Print Centre (URPC) on April 13. The launch was officiated by the Chairman of SPH, Dr Tony Tan. SPH held an appreciation dinner in the evening to thank its various partners and ABB.

ABB was represented by Wolfgang Felber, OCS Systems manager, and James Foo, country manager for ABB in Singapore, together with Chang Thai Nam, ABB’s manager for Discrete Automation and Motion division in Singapore, and Tey GeeOoi, account manager for SPH.

The upgrading project which began in April 2009 takes place in three phases and is expected to be completed by middle of 2011. SPH continually improves their print products and facilities, to provide faster, brighter and better newspaper prints.

to provide faster, brighter and better newspaper prints. The launch was attended by top industry leaders.

The launch was attended by top industry leaders. From left, CEO of GOSS International, Jochen Meissner, President of Agfa Graphics, Stefaan Vanhooren, SPH’s Executive Vice-President of Production, Anthony Cheng, Chairman of SPH, Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of Harland Simon, Roy Ashman, and Country Manager of ABB in Singapore, James Foo.

ABB establishes greater market presence in Brunei

ABB jointly organized a Customer Day with channel partner Tendrill in Brunei on March 23 and 25.

Besides showcasing ABB’s products, solutions and services to the Brunei market, the event provided a platform for networking amongst key stakeholders. Customers had the opportunity to develop an indepth understanding of some of ABB’s leading technologies via the technical seminars held by ABB’s speakers from Singapore, Malaysia and China. Attendees included contractors, consultants, end-users and utility providers.

During the opening ceremony, the Market Manager for ABB in Brunei,

the opening ceremony, the Market Manager for ABB in Brunei, The event was a great platform

The event was a great platform for attendees to understand ABB’s offerings and product solutions.

to understand ABB’s offerings and product solutions. 6 Market Manager for ABB in Brunei, Yeoh Soon

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to understand ABB’s offerings and product solutions. 6 Market Manager for ABB in Brunei, Yeoh Soon

Market Manager for ABB in Brunei, Yeoh Soon Teong, presenting a token of appreciation to Tendrill Managing Partner, Pg Irwan Bin Pg Salleh AB Rahaman.

Yeoh Soon Teong, thanked the guests for their valuable support. Yeoh took the opportunity to introduce four of ABB’s channel partners in Brunei: Syarikat Letrik Bumimaju, Intan Electric Company, MecTech Engineering, and Tendrill.

Tendrill Managing Partner, Pg Irwan Bin Pg Salleh AB Rahaman, thanked everyone for making the event a success, and reinforced Tendrill’s partnership with ABB, by adding that Tendrill is investing in new facilities and people with ABB, and looks forward to a long term business relationship.

During the event, Marketing Manager Lim Say Leong presented ABB’s research

ABB is helping to retrofit controls and automation systems on SPH’s four Goss Colorliner newspaper printing presses.

on SPH’s four Goss Colorliner newspaper printing presses. James Foo (left), ABB’s country manager in Singapore,

James Foo (left), ABB’s country manager in Singapore, congratulating SPH’s CEO, Alan Chan. With them is Anthony Cheng, SPH’s executive vice-president of production.

and technological achievements in various industries. He also shared about ABB’s energy efficient technologies and renewable energy portfolio.

There was also an exhibition of featured products and sample displays of electrical wiring accessories, the ComfortTouch and priOn, arc guard systems, motor and Relion protection relays, solutions on power generation and ABB’s power management system (ENMC and substation automation system).

After the event, attendees were interested to know more about ABB’s control systems, instrumentation, low-voltage switchgears and transformers.

instrumentation, low-voltage switchgears and transformers. Work stations enabled attendees to touch and feel the

Work stations enabled attendees to touch and feel the products as well as discuss key features with the presenters.

ABB channel partners

ABB channel partners

Leaptron Engineering

Leaptron Engineering is one of ABB’s newly appointed channel partners for our Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The company’s history can be traced back to the year 2002, when the world economic downturn had forced many companies to close or realign business strategies. In order to face new challenges, Leaptron was set up. Differentiated from other companies in terms of culture, product and service offerings and positioning, Leaptron strives to create long term business partnerships, instead of focusing on short term business growth.

A major turn for the company happened in

the year 2005 when they were acquired by ISDN Holdings Ltd. Since then, Leaptron was able to expand their business into other regions while retaining their culture and differentiated product and service offering. This acquisition has strengthened Leaptron’s position to become one of the leading providers of industrial automation solutions.

Technology, together with human focus,

is propelling Leaptron’s growth. The

company focuses on technological products that will help solve industrial problems and bring value to people. The

company focuses on development, co- developments with partners, training and customization to strengthen and reinforce the working relationship, as part of Leaptron’s goal to become a partner, and not just a customer. Leaptron aims to be the leader in providing total solutions in industrial automation, specifically in the field of Control Automation for Motion Control, Vision and I/O.

Peter Wong, managing director of Leaptron Engineering says, “We are proud to be associated with ABB as distributor for their range of PLC products. As one of the world’s leading

their range of PLC products. As one of the world’s leading Peter Wong and his team

Peter Wong and his team at Leaptron.

engineering company, ABB is able to provide top-quality products, a platform for our customers to implement innovative automation solutions, surpassing our customers’ requirements and needs.” Peter added, “Working closely with ABB has also given us great confidence and ability to fulfill our customers to our best abilities. Together, the range of reliable and proven products and solutions offering is a reflection of today’s industries’ dynamic demands and our commitment to be number one provider in this region.”

our commitment to be number one provider in this region.” Peter Wong, second from right, at

Peter Wong, second from right, at ABB’s recent Partner Recognition Day in February. With him is Lim Chin Oon, ABB’s region manager for Discrete Automation and Motion division, Isabel Chong, Manager of ABB’s Low Voltage Products division in Singapore, and Steve Foong, sales engineer for Programmable Logic Controllers in ABB.

ABB adds five new channel partners during Partner Recognition Day

ABB hosted a thank-you dinner for channel partners during the annual Partner Recognition Day, held at the Seventh Storey Seafood Restaurant at Marina Barrage.

at the Seventh Storey Seafood Restaurant at Marina Barrage. Alex Peck, Director of Gennal Engineering receiving

Alex Peck, Director of Gennal Engineering receiving an Achiever award from Chang Thai Nam, ABB’s manager of Discrete Automation and Motion division in Singapore.

of Discrete Automation and Motion division in Singapore. Dickson Lim from HLC enterprises, receiving a new

Dickson Lim from HLC enterprises, receiving a new channel partner token from Isabel Chong, ABB’s manager of Low Voltage Products division in Singapore.

manager of Low Voltage Products division in Singapore. OTTO Electrical and Security Services, Tay Chin Hui

OTTO Electrical and Security Services, Tay Chin Hui receiving an Outstanding award from Lim Chin Oon, ABB’s manager of Discrete Automation and Motion division in South Asia.

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an Outstanding award from Lim Chin Oon, ABB’s manager of Discrete Automation and Motion division in
Product news

Product news

The ACS 2000 medium voltage drive Easy and reliable installation

Case study Jura Cement, Switzerland’s second largest cement producer, replaced a 25-year old cascade converter
Case study
Jura Cement, Switzerland’s second largest
cement producer, replaced a 25-year old
cascade converter with a variable speed
drive from ABB. The ACS 2000, rated
at 550 kW, controls the clinker cooler
exhaust fan of Jura Cement’s plant in
Wildegg, Switzerland.
Reduced spare parts stock
Fast installation and commissioning
Reduced energy consumption –
estimated about 20%
Wider range of speed control – from
0 to 1000 rpm
Besides quick installation and
commissioning, Jura Cement experienced
the following benefits:
• Higher availability
• Reduced maintenance costs including
no need to change carbon brushes
“We can easily recover the investment
cost of the drive from energy saving
alone,” says Jura Cement’s plant
electrical engineer Jürg Hitz. “This drive
works 24 hours a day, therefore payback
will be rapid.”

The ACS 2000 general purpose drive provides simple and reliable motor control for a wide range of applications. It is designed for high reliability, easy installation and fast commissioning, reducing the total cost of ownership.

Key features:

• Suitable for use with or without an input isolation transformer

• Direct-to-line connection (transformerless) provides lowest cost of ownership

• Active Front End (AFE) for minimal line side harmonics with power factor correction and regeneration

• Simple drive system integration

• Three in - three out cabling technique for quick and easy installation

• Suitable for new or existing induction motors

• High reliability and low maintenance costs

• Precise and reliable process control with Direct Torque Control (DTC)

PVS800 solar central inverters 100 kW to 500 kW

The heart of a photovoltaic power plant is the efficient inverter. It changes the direct current generated by the photovoltaic module into a high-quality and CO 2 -free alternating current that can be fed into the power network.

Highlights

• High efficiency and long operating life

• Modular and compact product design

• Extensive DC and AC side protection

• Fast and easy installation

• Complete range of industrial-type data communication options, including remote monitoring

• Life cycle service and support through ABB’s extensive global service network

• Power factor compensation as standard

service network • Power factor compensation as standard ABB’s range of solar inverters, the ABB central

ABB’s range of solar inverters, the ABB central inverters, are available from 100 kW up to 500 kW, and are optimized for cost-efficient multi-megawatt power plants. The ABB central inverter utilizes over 40 years of advances in inverter and power converter technology that has contributed to ABB becoming the world leader in AC drives. The ABB central inverter is designed for increased efficiency, reliability and ease of installation to maximize the return on investment.

is designed for increased efficiency, reliability and ease of installation to maximize the return on investment.

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Product news

ABB in Singapore

Product news ABB in Singapore

SVC Light ® with Energy Storage

ABB has launched SVC Light ® (Static Var Compensator) with Energy Storage.

The new technology combines SVC Light ® , with a highly scalable battery storage technology. The Energy Storage can receive and store power from wind turbines and surplus power from the grid. It can take the power delivered on a sunny day from photo-voltaic panels and put it into its high capacity battery bank. Using modern electronics, SVC Light with Energy Storage feeds the grid with exactly the right amount of reactive and active power needed at each instant, independently of one another, and with a minimum of bulky filter arrangements.

another, and with a minimum of bulky filter arrangements. Artist’s conception of a SVC Light with

Artist’s conception of a SVC Light with Energy Storage installation, (130 kV, ± 30 Mvar continuously and 30 MW for 15 minutes, footprint 50 x 60m).

continuously and 30 MW for 15 minutes, footprint 50 x 60m). High power Li-ion battery module,

High power Li-ion battery module, 220V

ABB introduces GridGuard overhead switch for Smart Grid distribution systems

A new distribution class three-phase overhead, gang-operated medium voltage switch for emerging Smart Grid systems has been introduced to the market.

The ABB GridGuard switch – the only unit on the market that meets or exceeds both IEEE and ANSI standards – provides investor-owned and public power utilities with easy integration, remote and local operation, and flexible switching capabilities.

With ABB’s GridGuard switch as a line management and restoration tool, utilities can more efficiently maintain their lines and manage and restore power as needed. Utilities using GridGuard should experience higher reliability with fewer interruptions, shorter downtimes and efficient line management. The GridGuard switch also includes maximum safety features for crews during line disconnection, increasing both line crew confidence and productivity.

ABB announced it will provide full engineering, customer service and sales support for this comprehensive switch product offering. The switch is available with a variety of interrupter options, mounting configurations and control mechanisms, including a motor-driven

feature. The GridGuard switch, supported by ABB’s medium voltage facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, also provides no external-arc interruption for line, transformer or cable switching.

interruption for line, transformer or cable switching. Standard quality features include a quarter inch steel phase

Standard quality features include a quarter inch steel phase base, stainless steel to brass bearings, silver-plated copper reverse loop contacts, and silver-plated copper busbar blades.

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steel to brass bearings, silver-plated copper reverse loop contacts, and silver-plated copper busbar blades. 9 9
Features

Features

First use of robot in Southeast Asia’s wood industry to increase productivity and lower carbon footprint

A wood processing company based in Singapore, Pacific Forest, has improved efficiency and productivity by 200 percent by using ABB’s robots to produce high quality wood products for the building of lifestyle homes and hotel resorts.

Wood products by Pacific Forest are key elements used for buildings like The Four Seasons
Wood products by Pacific Forest are key elements used for
buildings like The Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora.

Precise skills and experienced manpower are required to prepare wood needed for Pacific Forest’s clients, which include prestigious hotels in the French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora and Moorea.

Carpentry skills honed by people over several years were transferred to ABB’s multitasking IRB6640 Foundry Robot, by mounting tools on the robot to assist in accurate cutting, machining, drilling and finishing. The robot helped Pacific Forest reduce the amount of work contracted- out, by producing an output equivalent of 20 workers. The IRB6640 can achieve more precision compared to traditional methods, and has helped the company reduce unwanted wood wastage. Precise cutting is also important in managing productivity and costs for high density woods such as Balau and Merbau, which are more expensive and difficult to cut.

As the first company in Southeast Asia to use a robot in the wood industry,

Managing Director of Pacific Forest, Jason Chan said, “As part of our Gaia-friendly beliefs, we have looked into ways to reduce our impact on the environment. By reducing the amount of wood work processes being contracted-out, we could reduce the number of truck trips between factories, hence reducing our carbon footprint.”

Jason and his team had researched on

the capabilities of the robot, and devised

a solution of incorporating a CAD to

CAM software to work with the robot.

A Computer Aided Design (CAD) to

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software helps to generate the points and path for robot movement, using drawings generated from CAD software. This CAD to CAM conversion significantly reduces programming time. Pacific Forest also developed a breakthrough design of a clamping system for the robot, introducing flexibility and ensuring smooth conversion.

The ABB team helped to train the robotics engineer, and worked very

closely with Pacific Forest to overcome technical difficulties, and gave assistance in programming, to ensure smooth operations.

Besides increasing productivity and lowering Pacific Forest’s carbon footprint, ABB’s robot also helped in saving process costs, and increased the safety standard of the workplace. Dust, wood splinters and noise are fenced in with the robot, allowing engineers to work in a more pleasant environment.

ABB will deliver a second IRB6640 robot in early May 2010, to help Pacific Forest to further increase its productivity. Pacific Forest aims towards full automation in a few years with a total of five robots. As part of the company’s sustainability plan, Pacific Forest is also looking into developing new wood substitute products to replace natural wood.

new wood substitute products to replace natural wood. The IRB6640 Foundry Robot achieves higher productivity,

The IRB6640 Foundry Robot achieves higher productivity, precision, and helps reduce material wastage.

Features

ABB in Singapore

Features ABB in Singapore

ABB control technology plugs leaks, improves water quality in Sweden

Utilities and energy company MälarEnergi can now track its entire water supply process, from the water works via the pumping stations, on to the treatment plant, using ABB’s control and monitoring systems.

plant, using ABB’s control and monitoring systems. MälarEnergi uses a control and monitoring system based on

MälarEnergi uses a control and monitoring system based on ABB’s versatile and dependable AC800M controller, which helps control water losses and improve water quality in the 600-km water network, explains Göran Vikergård, responsible for the utility’s tap water production.

Utilities and energy company MälarEnergi can now track its entire water supply process, from the water works via the pumping stations, on to the treatment plant, using ABB’s control and monitoring systems.

MälarEnergi utility provides water solutions to the principal city of Västerås, and the region of Mälardalen. Västerås and its surroundings consume 42 million liters of water every day, year-round. All in all, MälarEnergi pumps water through a 600 km-long supply network.

For tap water production, a new ABB control and monitoring system guards

water quality, energy consumption and water losses, ensuring potential profits aren’t poured down the drain. Before the upgrade, MälarEnergi’s water network lost more than 30 percent of its water. MälarEnergi uses a control and monitoring system based on ABB’s versatile and dependable AC800M controller, which helps control losses and even helps improve water quality, explains Göran Vikergård, responsible for the utility’s tap water production.

“Just consider leaks,” says Vikergård. “A 600-km long water-tight seal is almost impossible to achieve, so we always have to live with some leaks. But now that we

have new water meters and pressure gauges throughout the whole network, we can locate leaks more quickly and act accordingly. Previously, about one third of the water we produced disappeared, which meant that we could not charge for it. Now our objective is 20 percent.”

“We can also minimize the use of chemicals when we know the exact amount that needs to be added to water to achieve the best quality,” he added. “This not only saves us money, but is obviously good for the environment too.”

Previously, the pumps in the treatment plant were either on or off. Today, they are in action all the time, but output is controlled to match the needs of the pumping process exactly. This not only saves electricity, but because they are subjected to less wear and tear, the pumps require less maintenance, which also saves on costs. MälarEnergi expects to save approximately US$28,000 per pump per year, an investment that should pay for itself in two to three years.

ABB flowmeters reduce water loss in Riyadh

 

ABB FlowMaster flowmeters are helping the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, to cut leakage in its water distribution network by around 40 percent. The flowmeters were repeatedly selected for their outstanding accuracy and performance.

 
About 60 percent of Riyadh’s water is lost to leakage in the 10,000 km of

About 60 percent of Riyadh’s water is lost to leakage in the 10,000 km of pipes that comprise the city’s distribution system.

Riyadh is a sprawling city that stretches over some 536 square kilometers, an area more than five times the size of Paris. About 60 percent of Riyadh’s valuable water supply is lost through leakage in the 10,000 kilometers of

pipes that transport water to the city’s 4.5 million population.

well as flow, and transmit the data via the GSM telecommunications network to the National Water Company’s central control room. For locations where connection to the power network was not possible, the flowmeters had to be battery-powered to avoid the high maintenance requirements of flowmeters energized by miniature solar panels.

ABB’s battery-powered AquaMaster. ABB has the world’s largest offering of flowmeters, with an unrivalled number of well-proven measuring principles, type variants and applications.

offering of flowmeters, with an unrivalled number of well-proven measuring principles, type variants and applications.

The target set by the government-owned National Water Company is to reduce the volume of water and revenues that are lost to leakage to a more sustainable 20 percent.

One of the most important tools to achieve this target is the 900 ABB AquaMaster and WaterMaster flowmeters that measure the flow and pressure of water in the network’s primary pipeline.

ABB flowmeters in Riyadh required a compact, robust and maintenance-free solution that would measure pressure as

 

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Features

Features

ABB helps interconnect the Middle East with new super power grid

Phase 1 of the Gulf Interconnection, one the most important transnational infrastructure projects in the Middle East, recently went online. Upon completion in 2011, this mega-sized pooling of electricity resources will interconnect the power grids of the six Gulf states – Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. This interconnection will enable Gulf states to use their energy resources more efficiently.

ABB has played a key role throughout phase 1 of the project, which was completed in late 2009 at a cost of around $1.2 billion and is by far the largest of the interconnection’s three phases. Six state- of-the-art ABB transmission substations with gas-insulated switchgear – three in Saudi Arabia and one each in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar - enable the power to be delivered reliably and safely at 400 kilovolts (kV) to the power systems of all four countries.

ABB has led the innovation and development of GIS (gas insulated switchgear) substations, which is among the most suitable solutions for the harsh desert climate of this part of the Arabian peninsula.

Valued at around $250 million, the ABB solution includes 17 shunt reactors, which stabilize the voltage of the 400 kV cable between Saudi Arabia and the island of Bahrain. Two of the 15 reactors are rated at 300 MVAr and are the most powerful three-phase reactors ever made.

ABB is one of the few companies in the world that has the required experience and resources to deliver a project of this scale on time and to the full satisfaction of the client. ABB is the market and technology leader in gas insulated switchgear and shunt reactors, with more than 10,000 high-voltage bays and over 1,000 reactors installed worldwide

Among the challenges that confronted ABB were a lack of construction materials

in the region due to one of the biggest construction booms ever, and unstable ground conditions in Kuwait where the seawater was only 50 cm below the surface. Several roads also had to be widened and reinforced to permit the transport of transformers and reactors, each weighing several hundred tons.

Interconnections of this kind are possible thanks to a number of ABB innovations over the past 50 years. Technologies like HVDC and HVDC Light, FACTS, GIS substations and network management systems enable national and regional power grids to be interconnected and their energy resources to be pooled and traded and used more efficiently.

The 400 kilovolt (kV) Al Zour gas insulated substation in Kuwait
The 400 kilovolt (kV) Al Zour gas insulated substation in Kuwait
to be pooled and traded and used more efficiently. The 400 kilovolt (kV) Al Zour gas

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Features

Features

ABB control systems help capture 12 million tons of carbon dioxide

ABB process control systems have successfully managed the world’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility since 1996. To date nearly 12 million tons of carbon dioxide have been captured and safely stored 1,000 meters below the seafloor. More than half of the world’s large-scale CCS facilities are now controlled by ABB technology.

Although there are several small-scale CCS projects in the world today, often using different proprietary technologies and operating on a pilot basis, there are only four facilities that capture and store carbon dioxide on a large commercial scale for climate change reasons.

Three of those four facilities are operated by Statoil, the Norwegian-based oil and gas company. ABB, the world’s leading supplier of distributed control systems for energy-intensive industries like oil and gas, is helping Statoil monitor and control the complex process of capturing and safely storing the carbon dioxide at these facilities.

and safely storing the carbon dioxide at these facilities. ABB distributed control systems monitor and control

ABB distributed control systems monitor and control the entire production, safety and CCS processes at three Statoil offshore and onshore facilities in Norway

It was Statoil who developed the world’s first large-scale CCS process in 1996 at the Sleipner oil and gas field in the North Sea. By stripping the carbon dioxide from the natural gas, compressing it and injecting it into a storage reservoir 1,000 meters beneath the seafloor, Statoil was able to meet the market specifications, significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and avoiding considerable cost.

About one million tons of carbon dioxide are captured and stored at Sleipner each year. This amounts to around 12 million tons in all since 1996 – a huge benefit for the environment and a pointer to how global carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced and managed in the coming years.

The importance of educating the next generation of crew

Contributed by: Eric Leong, Ding Kok Kin, Chua Hoon Hong, Nigel Chua

A competent work force is more productive, operates at reduced risk levels, achieves shorter down times, and suffers fewer injuries.

Until the recent global economic crisis, offshore rig construction has been experiencing its largest growth in 20 years, requiring new and skilled employees in ever increasing numbers. The current slowdown is an ideal opportunity to enhance capabilities and develop human resources for the industry.

Systematic crew education is necessary for achieving safe and optimal performance on board today’s advanced vessels, while securing fuel savings during operation, and to ensure safe and reliable maintenance.

The Marine Academy offers training for safety, operation and maintenance of electrical systems. A permanent staff of trainers is responsible for training. In addition, external experts familiar with the various systems and vessel types are engaged to give specialized extension training, depending on the technical level set for the trainees and the objectives of the courses.

The academy offers DNV-certified marine high-voltage safety courses. Standard or tailor-made training on vessel operations with advanced electrical systems, such as electric propulsion and drilling drives are also offered. In addition, the training centre also develops tailor-made training programs together with the operator or owner of the vessels. Such training programs may include training of a specific system installation and configuration, or simulator-based remote control of electric propulsion.

Furnished with a wide range of equipment that is equivalent to installations on board vessels, the academy provides plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience that crew members usually cannot obtain on a working vessel. Experience in handling high-voltage equipment also heightens safety awareness.

When a vessel is out at sea, training can be critical: downtime is measured in

terms of millions of dollars per day, while additional fuel consumption through sub- optimal operation of a power plant can cause higher environmental emissions, and cost an owner dearly.

through sub- optimal operation of a power plant can cause higher environmental emissions, and cost an

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through sub- optimal operation of a power plant can cause higher environmental emissions, and cost an
Success stories ABB in Singapore

Success stories

ABB in Singapore

ABB among top 20 best companies for leadership for 2009

ABB has been ranked 15 out of over 1100 organisations in the global ‘Best Companies for Leadership’ survey jointly carried out by Hay Group and Business Week.

The survey revealed that the best companies for leadership produce better shareholder returns than the S&P 500, which is an index of 500 large cap common stocks actively traded in the United States. In general, these companies have formal leadership development programs, have opportunities for all employees to develop and practice capabilities needed to lead others, and have a sufficient number of internal candidates ready to fill open leadership positions. The top companies also focus more on positioning for the future compared to the economic downturn.

The best companies invest more into the people it needs, and people stay in the company primarily for growth opportunities. They value in leaders strategic thinking and execution

skills, inspiring leadership, teamwork, and influence, rather than technical competence and decision making. These companies also do better in areas like using corporate social responsibility to recruit employees, have a high proportion of women in senior leadership, make it easy for people to work from home, and thinks it is a key job requirement to have an appreciation of global issues.

“This ranking is a great honor for ABB, and an important confirmation of our commitment to talent. ABB’s performance in 2009 speaks volumes about the caliber of our leadership. Despite the worst global recession in decades and the need to scrutinize cost, we’ve continued making large strides in our talent management,” said Gary Steel, head of HR.

“We’ve sharpened our ability to identify performers earlier in their careers, and have development programs targeting every level of ABB leadership. A world class organization requires world class talent, and I’m pleased to see that our talent management processes – and their results – benchmark so well.” ABB ranks amongst brands like Wal-Mart, Nestle, Coca-cola, IBM, and ranks above top brands like Unilever, Hewlett-Packard and Goldman Sachs.

The Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to develop talent, and organize people to be more effective and perform at their best. The Business Week is a magazine published by Bloomberg.

ABB delivers first jack-up rigs to China

ABB has successfully delivered the electrical systems for two jack- up rigs for China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL). This joint project between ABB’s operations in Singapore and China also marks ABB’s delivery of the first jack-up rigs in China.

ABB in Singapore delivered one ACS800LC liquid cooled VFD (Variable Frequency Drive), two drilling transformers and one braking resistor unit and ABB in China supplied one MNS low voltage switchboard and seven distribution transformers.

The COSL936 rig was built by the China Merchants Heavy Industry Company in Shenzhen and the COSL937 rig was built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore Company in Dalian for China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL).

rig was built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore Company in Dalian for China Oilfield Services Limited
rig was built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore Company in Dalian for China Oilfield Services Limited

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Success stories

ABB in Singapore

Success stories ABB in Singapore

ABB successfully delivers its first FPSO order to MODEC

ABB has successfully delivered the E-house and electrical equipment package to MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore) for an FPSO due for Brazil. The project began in February 2009 and was completed in eight months. This is the first FPSO application project for ABB in Singapore.

is the first FPSO application project for ABB in Singapore. ABB carried out the design, engineering,

ABB carried out the design, engineering, fabrication, and construction of the complete E-house; comprising of structural and architectural design, HVAC system, fire detection system, carbon dioxide fire suppression system, complete E&I works like cable trays, support system, power and control cabling, and the design and supply of medium voltage and low voltage switchgear. The scope also included the integration of all equipment within the E- house.

An FPSO, or Floating Production, Storage

and Offloading vessel, is a type of floating tank system designed to collect oil from

a nearby platform, process it, and store it

until it is offloaded onto waiting tankers. It

is an efficient way of transporting oil in the

offshore environment, in cases where long pipelines are not a feasible option.

More FPSOs are planned to be built to cater to Santos basin deep water oil and gas production at offshore Brazil. Singapore accounts for 70% of the global market for FPSO conversions, and 70% of the global market for jack-up rigs.

ABB wins second FPSO order from MODEC

ABB recently received an order for a second E-house for an additional MODEC FPSO. ABB will provide the same scope of supply, including transformers and the project is scheduled to be completed in March 2011.

ABB delivers electrical package solution to solar facility in Singapore

ABB has completed the delivery of a comprehensive electrical package to Norway-based REC wafer, the world’s largest producer of multicrystalline silicon wafers. REC is constructing the world’s largest integrated solar energy production facility in Singapore.

The scope of supply includes design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of power distribution transformers, high-, medium-, and low- voltage switchgears, including the MNSiS integrated motor control system, a Power Quality Monitoring System (PQMS), variable speed drives, and two robots (The IRB 6640 and Flexpicker IRB 360). ABB’s

two robots (The IRB 6640 and Flexpicker IRB 360). ABB’s products and solutions help ensure power

products and solutions help ensure power quality for uninterrupted operations.

The solar plant will be based on multicrystalline technology, and the integrated business model will secure

volume off-take and margins, and act as an in-house base for product development across the value chain. Production is expected to commence in the first quarter 2010, and reach full capacity before 2012.

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the value chain. Production is expected to commence in the first quarter 2010, and reach full
Training

Training

Training

Course title

MONTH (2010)

 
 

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Control Systems

           

Advant OCS

           

A331

AC450 configuration & operation

5

- 9

   

11

- 15

   

A351

Advant OS500 configuration & operation

 

2

- 6

 

18

- 22

   

800XA system

           

T305

System 800xA core system administration

         

6

- 10

T306

Process information management system

   

13

- 17

     

T308

System 800xA w AC800M hardware maintenance & troubleshooting

   

27 - 1 Oct

   

13

- 17

T309

System 800xA safety - AC800M high integrity config & maintenance

           

T310

System 800xA operations

 

10

- 11

   

8

- 9

 

T314

System 800xA basic configuration

   

20

- 24

   

6

- 10

T315C

System 800xA engineering (control builder)

26 - 6 Aug

   

4

- 15

   

T315F

System 800xA engineering (functional designer)

           

T320

System 800xA for advant/master configuration

12

- 16

   

18

- 22

   

T321

System 800xA for harmony configuration

           

T333

System 800xA with AC800M - Integration of IEC61850

   

20

- 24

     

T360

System 800xA for new channel partners

           

T530

Configuring AC800M using CBM professional

 

2

- 6

     

6

- 10

Freelance

           

T568

Freelance 800F system engineering

       

15

- 19

 

Collaborative production management (CPM)

           

SG510

cpmPlus smart client - system administration

   

14

     

SG520

cpmPlus smart client - user training

   

13

     

SG550

800xA with information management with smart client

   

13

- 17

     

SG570

Smart client for pulp & paper QCS

         

1

- 2

SG580

cpmPlus enterprise connectivity solutions (ECS)

           

Low voltage AC drives

           

General machinery drives

           

G350

ACS350 startup & configuration

 

2

- 3

       

High performance machinery drives

           

G190

ACSM1 startup maintenance & service

 

12

- 13

 

4

- 5

   

Standard drives

           

G165

ACS550 startup & configuration

 

16

- 17

 

18

- 19

 

13

- 14

G166

ACH550 startup, maintenance & service hands-on

 

4

- 5

       

Start-Up and maintenance tools

           

G352

FlashDrop operations

         

5

 

Industrial drives, single drives

           

G152

ACS800 single drive, startup, maintenance & service hands-on

19

- 21

 

13

- 15

 

1

- 3

 

G156

ACS800-07 startup, maintenance & service

 

2

- 3

 

11

- 12

 

6

- 7

Industrial drives, multidrives

           

G160

ACS800 multidrives startup, maintenance & service

           

G161

ACS800 multidrives operation & configuration

26

- 27

 

6 - 7

 

15

- 16

 

SG160

ACS800 multidrives startup, operation, configuration, maintenance & service

     

11

- 13

   

G163

ACS800 liquid-cooled multidrive

   

13

- 15

   

13

- 15

Legacy drives

           

G330

ACS600 multidrives

21

- 23

         

Preventive maintenance

           

G106

AC drive service basics

     

11

- 12

   

G304

ACS600 preventive maintenance

19

- 20

         

Medium voltage AC drives

           

G700

ACS1000 operation and maintenance

 

23

- 26

 

25

- 28

   

G750

ACS6000 operation and maintenance

5

- 8

 

27

- 30

 

8 - 11

 

DC DC drives DRIVES

           

G560

DCS800 basic course

12

- 15

 

20

- 23

 

22

- 25

 

ABB Training Centre, Singapore reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses. Schedule is indicative and accurate at time of print. Other specific schedules are available upon request. For further enquiries on our training programs, please contact Calvin Lim (65) 6773 5843 or calvin.lim@sg.abb.com

For further enquiries on our training programs, please contact Calvin Lim (65) 6773 5843 or calvin.lim@sg.abb.com

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Training ABB in Singapore

Training

ABB in Singapore

Training ABB in Singapore

Course title

MONTH (2010)

 
 

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Expert workshops

           

E124

System 800xA with AC800M - improving engineering efficiency

 

2

- 6

       

E136

System 800xA with - checking and troubleshooting PROFIBUS networks

   

13

- 17

     

E143

System 800xA with troubleshooting core system

     

4

- 8

   

E144

System 800xA performing a system health check

     

11

- 15

   

E171

System 800xA operator workplace advanced design and configuration

 

2

- 6

   

8

- 12

 

Energy efficiency & energy management course

           

EE001

Optimizing energy usage in fans & pumps.

   

3

     

13

 

EE002

Energy saving in HVAC system.

21

     

6

   

EE003

Savings opportunity for medium voltage machines – MV AC drives

     

2

     

EE004

Energy savings methodology using VSD.

   

5

 

28

   

2

EE005

KNX/EIB lighting management system to optimize energy usage for lighting system

   

18

     

25

 

EE006

Energy saving methodology using ABB solutions

   

23

     

EE007

Green mark points with ABB solutions

   

19

     

26

 

EE008

Delivering energy savings

       

4

- 5

 

Industries applications

           

Marine

           

DRL1x

Drilling drive system course

26

- 30

 

13

- 17

   

13 -17

ELE1x

Electrical propulsion overview

           

ELE22

ACS6000SD/AD marine drive course

19

- 22

 

27

- 30

   

6 - 9

ELE32

Marine HV switchboard course

6

- 9

 

6 - 9

 

23

- 26

 

ELE33

Marine LV switchboard course

     

4

- 7

   

HV10

Marine high voltage safety course

12

- 16

16

- 20

20

- 24

 

29 - 3 Dec

 

Pulp & Paper

           

C202

Maintain industrial quality control system w AdvantMaster controllers

       

1

- 5

 

C232

Smart platform with QCS LAN

     

11

- 15

   

C302

Maintain industrial quality control system w AC800M controllers

5

- 9

   

4

- 8

   

SG732

Network platform 1200 with QCS LAN

12

- 16

     

8

- 12

 

SG750

Pulp and paper operator training

           

SG795

Basic control tuning & loop performance manager (LPM)

         

13

- 17

Oil & Gas / Petrochemicals

           

SG900

PlantGuard TMR safety system - configuration and operation

 

2

- 6

       

SG900

Safety integrity level (SIL) determination training

   

20

- 24

     

SG920

ABB ‘August’ training

       

22

- 26

 

Power System / Symphony / INFI 90 / Power Generation Portal (PGP)

           

SG101

Process control unit/ harmony control unit

         

6 - 10

SG621

Power generation portal for harmony configuration & operation

         

13

- 17

SG855

Water leakage management system

 

16

- 20

       

SG860

Gas turbine gas path diagnostic

   

20

- 24

     

SG890

Optimax - performance monitoring & simulation training

     

4

- 6

   

Analytical systems

           

SG950

PGC 2000 and Vistanet 2.0

 

8

- 12

       

SG955

CGA product training

     

4

- 7

   

SG960

PGC5000 training

           

SG970

FTIR training

           

Automation products appreciation course

           

SGMD2

High performance industrial drives for a low harmonics networks

     

21

   

SGLVP6

Motor starter appreciation course

   

15

   

30

 

SGLVP7

Safety coordination studies course

   

24

 

26

   

SGLVP8

Softstarter appreciation course

   

22

   

7

   

SGLVP9

Earth leakage protection using ELCB, RCBO and ELR

   

23

     

SGLVP12 Smissline plug-in MCB and distribution system

 

8

     

7

   

SGLVP13 Electrical network design software, DOC Win

 

7

 

4

23

 

14

 

10

 

1

SGLVS14 Safe and reliable low voltage switchgear design

     

9

   

10

 

SGINC15 PLC appreciation course

   

5

 

28

   

2

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9     10   SGINC15 PLC appreciation course     5   28    

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Drinking water from the sea for millions of people? Algeria is 95 percent arid land

Drinking water from the sea for millions of people?

Algeria is 95 percent arid land with little rainfall, so its people rely on desalination technology for water they can drink. Here we are helping to build one of the world’s largest desalination plants to meet the daily water needs of about 5 million people. ABB’s integrated electrical and automation solution will power the plant with maximum energy efficiency. With the world population continuously growing, the need for clean water has never been greater. www.abb.com/betterworld

Certainly.

population continuously growing, the need for clean water has never been greater. www.abb.com/betterworld Certainly.
population continuously growing, the need for clean water has never been greater. www.abb.com/betterworld Certainly.