ABB has been awarded $62m (£43m) by Vale to supply electrification and automation systems and related equipment for an iron-ore pellet plant in Oman.
Vale’s plant, 230km northwest of Muscat, is expected to produce up to 10 million tons of iron-ore pellets per year.
Scheduled to start operations at the end of 2010, the facility will provide the Middle East region with iron ore and pellets for the steel industry.
ABB said in a statement that it will provide complete electrification and automation solutions for the plant to maximise productivity, monitor energy use and minimise energy consumption.
The scope of supply includes ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA for process control and system integration, a collaborative production management system, all medium voltage and low-voltage power distribution systems, transformers, drives, motors and other auxiliary equipment, as well as the substation infrastructure and engineering.