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ABB has been awarded a US $16 million contract from Qatalum to upgrade the power distribution network at the Mesaieed Industrial City aluminium smelter. The deal will see ABB responsible for the design, engineering, supply and commissioning of work including the re-engineering and reinforcement of the installed distribution system. The company has previously worked on the site, providing the electrical equipment for the power plant together with the 220kV gas-insulated switchgear substation.
Oleg Alenikov, ABB's head of the substation business, said "the upgrade will enhance the efficiency, reliability and operational flexibility of the distribution system and help ensure high-quality power supply". Work will focus on improving the reliability of the station in areas including the substations, server rooms and workshop.
The project at the plant – which is run as a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Hydro Aluminium – is scheduled for completion in 2013. The plant, located 50 kilometres south of Doha, is run from its own captive power plant and produces 585,000 tonnes annually from its aluminium smelters.