ABB wins $15 million water order in Saudi Arabia

Electrical, control and instrumentation solutions to serve new pumping station for water transmission system

Zurich, Switzerland, July 18 2011 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $15 million from Japanese pump manufacturer, Torishima Pump, to provide a turnkey electrical control and instrumentation solution for a new pumping station under construction in Saudi Arabia. The order was booked in the second quarter.

The system will be operated by the state-run Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), responsible for operating the country’s national desalination plants, a network of pumping stations, reservoirs and over 3,700 km of pipes to transport water in bulk from the plants to major consumption centers.

“ABB’s ability to provide an integrated power and automation solution based on the latest products and technologies coupled with our proven project management competence, strong local presence and extensive experience of executing large water transmission and pumping station projects underscores our expertise in the sector,” said Franz-Josef Mengede, head of ABB’s global power generation business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. “We are pleased to support the country in the development of its power and water infrastructure to meet growing demand.”

ABB’s solution includes the electrical balance of plant, field instrumentation and the distributed control and communication systems for the pumping station, which will be located at the Al Baha end of the pipeline. ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and training for the technologies being supplied.

When completed in 2013, the water transmission system will be capable of transferring 80,000 cubic meters of potable desalinated water per day along a 217 km pipeline between the cities of Al Taif and Al Baha, where it will be connected to the local water network for distribution throughout the province of Al Baha.

ABB offers a wide range of power and automation products and integrated solutions for pumping stations, desalination and water treatment plants and the efficient transportation, distribution and management of water.

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 124,000 people.

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