ABB has today won a $27 million order to provide electrical and control equipment for a project to increase Abu Dhabi’s water supply.
Under the terms of the contract, ABB will provide electrical systems and components for two pumping stations and a new water pipeline for Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority in the United Arab Emirates.
A 250-kilometer-long pipeline will deliver around 400 million litres of water per day from the Shuweihat desalination plant, and help meet the emirate’s growing need for drinking water. The project is due to be completed in October 2004.
The contract package includes 33 kilovolt, 11 kilovolt and low-voltage switchgear, power transformers, instrumentation, process automation systems, cabling, DC and uninterruptible power supplies, as well as motors and variable speed drives for the freshwater pumps.
ABB will also use water-cooled variable frequency drives to ensure precise speed regulation for the freshwater pumps operating at high power and under extreme climate conditions.
The solution is based on new semiconductor technology developed by ABB. ABB is also engineering, installing and commissioning the equipment.