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Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Off-grid solutions attractive proposition for private-sector investors

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Small-scale off-grid electricity solutions may be the best method to help reduce the electricity deficit in Africa, argued global power and automation group ABB senior VP and ABB Africa director Tobias Becker during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, which took place in Johannesburg... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     9th March 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Belo Monte ultrahigh voltage direct current transmission link, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project involves the construction of a 2 518 km, 800 kV ultrahigh voltage direct current link. 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 All four units at Ingula are now commercial and produce a combined 1 332 MW. 

ABB Wins $70 Million in Equipment Orders to Expand European Rail Fleets

     22nd February 2017 ABB traction technologies to provide more reliable, energy-efficient trains for rail operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. ABB has won orders worth $70 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply state-of-the-art traction and onboard power equipment to three European rail... 

Raigarh–Pugalur ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link project, India

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 Power Grid Corporation of India is building one of the longest transmission links in the world. 

Sylmar high-voltage direct current converter station modernisation project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The project aims to modernise the southern converter station on the Pacific Intertie. 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

ABB delivers growth in fourth quarter

     8th February 2017 Fourth quarter highlights • 3%1 orders growth driven by large contract awards • 9% orders growth in the United States and China • Revenues up 1% • Power Grids strong growth in orders (up 15%) and revenues (up 4%); Op EBITA margin2 increased to 10.4% • Operational EBITA margin 11.7% impacted by... 

Burner management systems market anticipates 5.5% growth by 2024

     27th January 2017 The global market for burner management systems (BMS) is projected to be worth $7.39-billion by 2024, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% in that period, explains market research service provider Transparency Market Research (TMR). 

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Earthmoving machine distributor Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa has unveiled a robotic system that improves the way in which the refurbishment of track shoes for Caterpillar bulldozers can be undertaken.  

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Technology group calls on innovators to enter industrial drive competition

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 International power and automation technology group ABB announced last month that innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting hardware and software innovators worldwide. These innovators are needed to take on the challenge of transforming the role of drives in an industrial setting that might... 

ABB supports China in transition to a "New Normal" with world-class innovation and energy efficiency

     7th December 2016 ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and Claudio Facchin, President, Power Grids division, delivered keynote addresses at ABB’s Power World 2016 event in Beijing, demonstrating ABB’s unique position as the partner of choice for stronger, smarter and greener grids in China as well as increasing... 

Continued margin growth in tough markets

     7th December 2016 “We delivered the eighth consecutive quarter of margin accretion through our continued focus on execution,” said CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “In the third quarter, we experienced significant macro uncertainties around Brexit and the US elections as reflected in the low order pattern. Orders in Power... 

Prioritizing renewable energy and energy efficiency to accelerate growth in Africa

     7th December 2016 ABB supported a number of pledges signed by world leaders at COP21 in Paris, including a commitment to scale up renewable energy and help emerging economies transition their markets for energy efficient products. At COP22, ABB showed how this commitment translates into solutions and services that... 

Dianxibei-Guangdong ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link, China

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The Dianxibei-Guangdong transmission link is expected to transmit 5 000 MW of power over 1 950 km. 

ABB delivers R1.2m substation to CPUT

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Power and automation group ABB will this month deliver a R1.2-million UniPack compact substation to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT’s) chemical engineering building, aimed at improving the university’s electrical network monitoring. The substation, the first to be supplied by... 

ABB supplies first UniPack Compact Substation in South Africa to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for R1.2 million

     22nd November 2016 ABB's UniPack compact substation will enable the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to improve monitoring of its electrical network and provide real-time training platform for electrical engineering students. ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supplying a R1,2 million... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 Eskom has reported that work is progressing well at the project. 

Industrial supplier receives authorisation

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings 2000 has been appointed as an ABB authorized value provider for Dodge mounted bearings, gearboxes and power transmission products. 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th November 2016 Unit 3 of the Ingula-pumped storage scheme has been synchronised to the grid. 

Kivnon and ABB develop a ‘Collaborative Robot AGV’ together

     28th October 2016 The newly developed Collaborative Robot AGV is a result of a successful cooperation between ABB and Kivnon. This new innovation fits perfectly in both companies’ strategies to offer innovative solutions and make them user friendly. The YuMi collaborative robot already has an important place in... 

Canary Islands power infrastructure strengthening project

By: Sheila Barradas     21st October 2016 The project involves the upgrade of the electricity transmission infrastructure on the islands. 

Substations and transmission grid upgrade project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     21st October 2016 The project involves the upgrade of Hydro-Quebec's air-insulated switchgear substations and transmission grid. 

Power transmission upgrade project, Poland

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 The project involves the provision of energy efficient transformers that will extend and upgrade the power transmission grid in Poland. 

Mechanisation key for sustainability, says ABB exec

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2016 The mining industry is increasingly moving to automation to remove people from hazardous situations, but this also results in higher energy costs, ABB global mining manager Leonard Eros said at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 conference in Johannesburg. He pointed out that the move to automation... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme entered into commercial operation on August 30. 

Changji–Guquan ultrahigh-voltage direct current link project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The project entails the development of the world’s first ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link. 

ABB introduces the IRB 1660ID, the market’s most versatile compact robot

     1st September 2016 Munich, Germany (June 21, 2016) - ABB Robotics today unveiled its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending, the IRB 1660ID. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the new robot’s Integrated DressPack makes it easier to program and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

High performance ID robot for arc welding and machine tending

     1st September 2016 When shorter cycle times, unmatched versatility, and a smaller more powerful wrist matter - ABB’s new IRB 1660ID is the robot of choice.   

Venetia underground project may deliver first carats ahead of 2022 target

By: Ilan Solomons     26th August 2016 The construction of the R29-billion ($2.1-billion) underground development at the Venetia mine by diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is within budget and developing on schedule, with the potential to see underground opera- tions deliver the first ore before the targeted start of... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme entered into commercial operation on August 23. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – first window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 An update on the first window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Accurate turbidity and suspended solids measurement

     10th August 2016 ABB has launched the latest in its range of Aztec digital sensors for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment applications. Featuring EZLink technology, the new ATS430 turbidity and TSS sensor provides ultra-stable and accurate measurement of turbidity and total suspended solids up to 4000... 

Carlos Poñe

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 This week we feature Carlos Poñe, CE: Africa at AECOM, a fully integrated infrastructure and support services company 

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