ABB awarded circuit-breaker contract by Kuwait government

ABB's VD4 vacuum circuit breaker. (Image source: ABB)Power and automation technology group, ABB, has received a US$10mn order from IEPC, which includes vacuum circuit-breakers (VCBs) and accessories, for a project at Kuwait's Ministry for Electricity and Water

The order is Kuwait's largest ever for its distribution network. ABB's successful bid will see its VD4 type vacuum circuit breakers installed into 500 distribution substations rated at 11kV, along with switchgear panels and other equipment provided by IEPC.

ABB has been working with its Kuwaiti channel partner, IEPC, since 2007 to gain a foothold in the country's electricity distribution market.

"Winning the contract is a major boost to ABB in the Middle East and is the culmination of more than four years' effort," said Smiljan Music, ABB's regional OEM business development manager for the Middle East and Africa.

"Our open and transparent working relationship with IEPC has been key for the success and in gaining an understanding of the technical needs and operating environment in Kuwait. We look forward to develop the relationship further."

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