ABB expands its operations in Egypt with new investments

2014-12-02 - ABB's new solar rooftop, expanded production facilities and a new customer showroom pave the way for growth opportunities in Egypt and Africa, including in the sector of renewable energy

ABB Head of Global Markets Frank Duggan and ABB country manager Naji Jreijiri tour the new rooftop solar installation at ABB's new technology and office center in Cairo
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is expanding in Egypt with projects that not only promise to bolster the nation's electricity system but also serve as a model for how renewable energy can play a key role in powering the country's developing economy.

ABB is opening two new manufacturing facilities producing compact substations and medium voltage switchgear to add to the current factories that produce transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear and products.

Powering the building - and Cairo's electricity grid

Additionally, ABB's technology and office center in Cairo has been completely refurbished and is now powered by a solar photovoltaic rooftop installation showcasing ABB’s inverters and electrification solutions. This solar plant will feed the building's lighting, with any power that isn't needed at the site redirected into Cairo’s electrical grid.

This building will also house a high-tech customer showroom where ABB’s extensive range of technologies, products and solutions will be on display to educate customers, policy makers, universities and research and development institutions on how grid reliability can be improved and how industrial productivity can be increased while lowering environmental impact.

Africa expansion

ABB's Frank Duggan tours the facility during its Nov. 17, 2014

“As part of our Next Level Strategy 2020 we have identified ABB in Egypt not only be a be an important supplier to the domestic market but to be a hub to export our technologies, systems and services into North and Central Africa," said Frank Duggan, ABB’s Head of Global Markets. "A reliable electricity supply is one of the central pillars of economic development, which is at the heart of what we do in ABB.”

With the growing need for alternative energy solutions in emerging markets, ABB is poised to help countries and companies create electricity from renewable and sustainable sources without compromising on safety or manageability. ABB is helping set the standard on its own buildings, including with its rooftop installation in Cairo that showcases ABB's solar expertise.

Naji Jreijiri, the country manager of ABB in Egypt, said ABB has already played a significant role in harnessing the nation's wind and solar energy.

ABB's new technology center in Cairo, with its rooftop solar installation, was completed at a time when the northern African nation is ideally positioned for solar and wind renewable projects

For instance, the Zafarana Wind Farm, where its power is connected to the grid through a 220/22 kilovolt substation, was engineered and constructed by ABB. And at the Kureimat Solar plant south of Cairo, ABB supplied the distribution control system (DCS), medium voltage switchgear, motors and drives.

Local resources, long reference list

"ABB in Egypt is also ideally positioned for upcoming solar and wind renewable projects at home and for export with its engineering capabilities, local qualified resources and long list of references around the world,” Jreijiri said.

ABB in Egypt employs around 1,800 people, with orders in 2013 of more than $213 million. Its headquarters are in Cairo with factories in the 10th Ramadan District plus offices in Alexandria and workshops in Obour and the Suez Public Free Zone.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

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