ABB wins R60 million substation and power distribution equipment orders in Mozambique

Electricity grid upgrades respond to demands of growing economy

Johannesburg, South Africa, May 13, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, said today it has won two orders valued at more than R60 million (US$ 7.5 million) from Mozambique's national utility, Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), to improve the country's electricity infrastructure in two of its most populous cities.

EDM urgently needs substation and power distribution network upgrades to meet Mozambique's increasing demand for electrical power in the capital city of Maputo and in the large outlying city of Matola. ABB in South Africa will implement the projects on a fast track basis, enabling EDM to bring electricity access to thousands of households and businesses in just months.

The "Maputo Backbone Project," valued at R33 million (US$ 4 million), will be carried out jointly between ABB in South Africa and ABB in Denmark, and involves the installation of equipment in four of the 66/11kV main substations in Maputo. ABB will install new transformers, replace existing switchgear, and refurbish the substations' protection and control systems. This contract is scheduled for completion in December 2003.

The second order, valued at R29 million (US$ 3.5 million), is for the rehabilitation and reinforcement of the distribution network in Matola, a key industrial center. Under terms of the contract, ABB will replace the existing 30 MVA 60/30 kV transformer with two new 30 MVA 66/33 kV transformers as well as provide new protection and switchgear at the city's Machava substation. In addition a new 30 MVA 66/33 kV substation will be constructed in Matola Gare to take over the load in the city's northern network extensions. A new 33 kV switching station will also be constructed in the industrial area of Lingamo in the outskirts of Maputo. All components of the contract are scheduled for September 2004.

"We are pleased to assist with infrastructure advancement in Mozambique through our technology and rapid local project execution capability," says Carlos Poñe, CEO of ABB in South Africa.

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 139,000 people.

ABB in Southern Africa (www.abb.com/za) employs close to 2,800 people and has operations in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. ABB South Africa manufactures and supplies power and automation technology products and specializes in electricity infrastructure and industrial automation projects.

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    • Klaus Treichel
      ABB Power Technologies
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    • Ntaga Mojapelo
      ABB South Africa
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