Zurich, Switzerland — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 14 October 2011 – Leading Swiss-based power and automation technology group ABB has won a R98 million order from the integrated South African energy and chemicals company Sasol for the replacement of medium-voltage switchgear at four substations at Secunda in the Mpumalanga Province.
The order involves the engineering, supply, installation and commissioning and the associated cabling of approximately 117 Unigear ZS1 Switchgear panels during a proposed eight-day shutdown in September 2012, a statement issued here says. ABB was awarded the order based on the high safety and operational requirements, as well as the performance on previous contracts which had tight deadlines and complex interfacing with existing plant infrastructure, it adds.
“ABB is proud to fulfill the product requirements and provide safe solutions to Sasol that will provide reliability of supply,” said Carlos Poñe, ABB’s CEO in South Africa. “This order depicts how our global footprint enables us to provide solutions to our customers efficiently.”
The replacement of the switchgear is part of Sasol’s strategy to ensure that it is able to meet its production demands and ABB has invested in service capabilities at Sasol in Secunda and in project management at its head office in Longmeadow, which has helped to meet the above-mentioned demands.
The panels will be supplied from the state-of-the-art manufacturing site at Longmeadow in Modderfontein. The Unigear ZS1 will incorporate the new REF 630 relays which form part of the Relion® range and have IEC 61850 certification.