ABB wins $44 million power contract in Qatar

2006-05-31 - Order to help Gulf state meet surging demand for water and electricity

Cologne, May 31, 2006

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it has won a $44 million contract from General Electric Co. to supply power equipment for a project to help Qatar meet growing demand for water and electricity. The announcement coincides with ABB’s participation at Power Gen Europe in Cologne.

ABB will provide the complete electrical scope for the extension of a gas-fired power and water plant under construction near the capital Doha. It includes a 220kV gas-insulated substation (GIS) as well as transformers.

"ABB’s domain expertise in the power generation sector was key for winning this project," said Samir Brikho, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. "With a complete portfolio for the electrical balance of plant we are a leading system and component supplier to power plants."

The power station, designed to produce 550 megawatts of electricity and 40 million gallons of water from a desalination plant, will be operated for 25 years by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corp., known locally as Kahramaa. The contract is scheduled to be completed next February, in time to meet peak demand for water and electricity during the Gulf state’s arid summer.

ABB has won earlier contracts at a neighboring plant, including an order for the installation of instruments for turbines. Electricity generation in Qatar more than doubled in the decade through 2004 and water production has increased 60 percent, fueled by economic growth.

ABB ( 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 105,000 people.

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