ABB set to pursue green energy opportunities in Sarawak

Vast potential for ABB as SCORE accelerates Sarawak’s transformation as a renewable energy powerhouse for Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, October 28, 2009 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group is set to pursue green energy opportunities in Sarawak with the official opening of its new office in Kuching today.

The office which is its first in East Malaysia will enable ABB to strengthen its reach into the Sarawak market to tap opportunities afforded by the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) as the first phase of its development kicks-off.

“While ABB’s activities are largely carried out within Peninsula Malaysia, Sarawak is firmly on our radar due to its vast potential for electricity generation which comes from the state’s massive reserves of hydro-power, coal, natural gas as well as bio-mass,” said Sim Boon Kiat, ABB South Asia Region Manager and Country Manager of ABB Malaysia.

Energy resources, mainly hydro power (20,000MW), coal (1.46 billion metric tones) and natural gas (40.9 trillion cu ft) are readily available for the SCORE region, thus driving Sarawak’s potential as a vital energy powerhouse for Malaysia as well as the region in the long term.

“In tandem with Sarawak’s growth, our emphasis over the next couple of years will include grid reliability, energy efficiency, improving industrial productivity and creating value for customers by making their installations more competitive, successful and environmentally friendly,” he added.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are key areas in which ABB’s technology are helping customers use energy and other resources more efficiently whilst reducing carbon emissions and optimizing performance cost. As a global leader in power and automa­tion technology, ABB helps to achieve energy savings at every step of the energy chain, from harvesting primary energy through transportation and processing to power generation, delivery and its ultimate end-use.

ABB’s technology also provides vital solutions to generate electricity from renewable sources, to control power plants and to feed electricity into the grid in a way that the stability of the network is maintained or im­proved, even when changeable weather condi­tions lead to irregular power generation.

Breakthrough ABB products, systems and solutions are in the forefront of landmark projects worldwide to help customers overcome their energy challenges and the increasing concerns associated with climate change. For example, the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology pioneered by ABB 50 years ago is being deployed through the NorNed project, the world’s longest underwater power transmission link to connect the power grids of Norway and the Netherlands whilst ABB’s intelligent building installation system, ABB i-bus has helped landmark buildings in Singapore cut their energy consumption significantly.

“We’re excited about the enormous potential in Sarawak and the many fronts in which ABB’s technology, sustainable solutions and industry expertise can be deployed. As Sarawak gains momentum to become an advanced industrialized state by the year 2020, we are committed towards ensuring that ABB’s extensive portfolio will be able to deliver solutions to put Sarawak on the map as a renewable energy powerhouse for Malaysia.

About The ABB Group
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

ABB Malaysia is part of the ABB Group and employs over 500 staff. Our core business comprises five divisions mainly Power Products, Power Systems, Automation Products, Process Automation and Robotics.

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