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Top 25 most influential people in the GCC utilities industry: 11-15

by Baset Asaba on Jul 16, 2017

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11. Frank Duggan

President, ABB, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA)

As president, Frank Duggan oversees ABB operations in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) by working closely with utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure customers to help write the future of industrial digitalisation and realise value.

ABB has been at the forefront of smart technologies, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems in the AMEA region. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 132,000 people.

In Dubai, ABB has successfully energised a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park. The 400/132 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation was built for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to connect the second phase of the MBR Solar Park and integrate 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the transmission grid. The utility scale solar photovoltaic plant, which covers 4.5km2, will produce enough electricity to serve more than 130,000 people.

The ABB’s office in Al Qouz has been generating solar energy for the past month as part of the Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages households to harness the sun’s power through rooftop solar panels. Some 1,213 solar panels sprawled on its 4,000 square metre rooftop produce 497,000 kWh per year.

Dubai’s first city to be powered completely by solar energy relies on ABB string inverters to harness the power of the sun for residents. Inverters convert the direct current (DC) output from the panels in to the alternating current (AC) needed in homes.

ABB has supplied 400 string inverters to harvest solar energy for 400 villas in the Sustainable City, the region’s first fully integrated sustainable community. The inverters were installed by City Solar, one of the leading companies specializing in solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai.

An ABB team led by Frank Duggan recently met with the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Iraqi Minister of Energy, the Swedish Ambassador in Iraq, and a Swedish export financing team to sign a letter of intent for the initiation of power projects potentially worth $500mn. The main opportunities for ABB would be to support Iraq’s infrastructure needs in power generation, distribution, oil and gas and water processing.

ABB is associated with various universities and colleges within the Middle East region with the intention of sharing its technical knowledge for capacity building among the youth and encourage young engineers to pursue careers in ABB.  ABB also encourage in-kind donations to schools and colleges such as unused electrical and IT equipment for the benefit of sharing knowledge.


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