Thursday, August 15, 2013

New water pipeline & pump infrastructure to support economic growth in eastern Botswana!

Power and automation solution for water facility in Southern Africa

ABB has won an order to provide an instrumentation, control system and electrical equipment (ICE) package for a new water pipeline and pump station to be constructed in eastern Botswana to support growing demand driven by new mining ventures, power sector developments and a growing population around the capital, Gaborone.

Typical Symphony Plus Control Room
As part of the turnkey solution, ABB will supply its Symphony™Plus total plant automation system to monitor and control the pump stations and reservoirs located along the 360 km water network. The Symphony Plus architecture enables aggregation of data across distributed geographies and is ideal for applications such as the expansive Botswana water network. It is also specifically designed to reduce engineering time and effort from custom development, and minimizes commissioning time and risk of misconfiguration during startup. The integrated system has provisions for local and remote monitoring and control of the entire plant.

ABB will also supply an ICE package and a range of products including motors and drives, switchgear, transformers and instrumentation equipment to maximize the operational efficiency of the system. "Water resources are crucial to support economic development in this emerging nation” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Power Generation business, part of the company’s Power Systems division. "We will leverage the breadth of our portfolio, project management expertise and global domain experience to optimize this water facility, ensuring efficiency and reliability of supplies.”

The overall water project is being executed by a joint venture comprising the Middle East-based construction firm Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), and the South African construction and engineering group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). It is scheduled for completion in 2014.

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