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Swiss power and automation group ABB has expanded production facilities and opened a refurbished technology centre in Egypt in a bid to promote the country’s renewable energy sector
Officials from ABB stated that the company is opening two manufacturing facilities that would produce compact substations and medium voltage switchgear, in addition to the current factories that produce transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear and related products.
The company’s existing technology centre in Cairo has been redone, and a solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop has been added, showcasing ABB’s inverters and electrification solutions. The building will contain ABB’s customer showroom containing the company’s range of technologies, products and solutions.
Frank Duggan, head of global markets at ABB, said, “As part of our Next Level Strategy 2020, we have identified ABB in Egypt not only to be an important supplier to the domestic market but also a hub to export our technologies, systems and services into North and Central Africa.”
According to company officials, ABB is poised to provide countries and companies power solutions from renewable sources at a time when alternative energy is gaining importance in emerging markets.
Naji Jreijiri, the country manager of ABB in Egypt, said ABB has already played a significant role in harnessing the nation’s wind and solar energy. “ABB is ideally positioned to develop upcoming solar and wind renewable projects and for export with its engineering capabilities and locally qualified resources.”
The Swiss company has supported clean energy projects in the country such as the Zafarana Wind farm and Kureimat solar plant, by supplying substations, distribution control systems, medium voltage switchgear, motors and drives.