ABB wins $16 million order to upgrade power infrastructure for aluminum complex in Qatar

Substation upgrade to enhance capacity and reliability of distribution network

Zurich, Switzerland, April 27, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $16 million from Qatalum, for upgrading the power distribution network at its aluminum smelter in Mesaieed Industrial City, approximately 50 kilometers south of the capital Doha. The order was booked in the first quarter.

The project includes re-engineering and reinforcement of the existing distribution system to help increase availability and reliability of power supply to key areas such as the substations, electrical equipment, server rooms, office buildings and workshop. ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply and commissioning including civil work. The project is scheduled for completion by 2013.

“The upgrade will enhance the efficiency, reliability and operational flexibility of the distribution system and help ensure high-quality power supply ” said Oleg Aleinikov head of ABB’s substation business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division.

ABB has previously supplied the electrical equipment for the power plant as well as the 220 kV gas-insulated switchgear substation for Qatalum.

Qatalum is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Norway’s Hydro Aluminum, operating one of the world’s largest aluminum smelters with a production capacity of 585,000 tons a year. The complex is served by its own captive power plant.

ABB is the world’s leading supplier of turnkey air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kV. These substations facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact, serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as sectors like railways, urban transportation and renewables.

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 135,000 people.

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