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First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

ABB opens new office in Namibia

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Technology multinational ABB has unveiled a new 2 200 m² facility in the heart of Windhoek, after the consolidation of two of its Namibia-based offices. The merge boosted the group’s capacity to better supply, maintain and service products in the local market and neighbouring countries, such as... 

Visions of African super grid at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     18th July 2017 Urging faster, more innovative power generation and distribution, pan-African power experts attending POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa this week predict that Africa could share infrastructure, knowledge and skills to take affordable, reliable and cleaner power across the continent. Speaking at the... 

Inga–Kolwezi high-voltage direct current power transmission link project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 The project involves the partial upgrade of the 1 700 km Inga-Kolwezi transmission link. 

Traction transformer production facility project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 ABB is building a facility to manufacture traction transformers to help power trains and support South Africa's growing railway network. 

LKAB contracts ABB to modernise hoists at Kiruna mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Sweden-based iron-ore miner LKAB has contracted automation company ABB to modernise five mine hoists at its Kiruna mine. The order includes mechanical, electrical and automation equipment for hoists B2, B4, B5, B6 and B8.   The miner was also modernising its central (CA) hoisting plant, which... 

IFA2 project, England and France

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project will further integrate the UK and French electricity markets. 

Hazleton Pumps, Weir Minerals win big at Seifsa Awards for Excellence

     25th May 2017 Family-owned Hazleton Pumps and engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals were the big winners at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence. Almost 100 guests representing small and large companies in the metals and engineering sector... 

Traction transformer investment a response to South Africa’s local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

ABB clinches $30m contract to upgrade DRC electricity link

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 Automation technology company ABB has been contracted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national electricity company Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) to partially upgrade its Inga-Kolwezi high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link. The $30-million contract... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Leadership and inclusive growth to take centre stage at WEF on Africa

By: African News Agency      28th April 2017 Africa’s drive to generate inclusive economic growth and the leadership this requires will be the focus of the twenty-seventh World Economic Forum on Africa, taking place in Durban, South Africa, from May 3 to 5. The 27th World Economic Forum on Africa will convene over 1,000 leaders from more... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

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. 

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