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ABB wins $25m LV switchgear contract in Norway

24 July 2015

ABB is to supply intelligent LV switchgear worth $25m for Yara’s fertilizer plant in Porsgrunn, Norway. Placed end-to-end, the installation would total 1km of switchgear enclosures.

Communications protocols are embedded within the MNS low voltage (LV) switchgear optimizing electrical distribution performance and condition based monitoring while providing detailed process and electrical information to plant operators in real time.

The switchgear will increase electrical safety and support the reliable distribution of power, improved control and more efficient operation of a plant with more than 6,000 electric motors. ABB has an existing agreement to supply motors and drives to Yara.

This ABB delivery supports another programme Yara has initiated to increase production of fertilizer at the facility in Porsgrunn with 50,000 tons and production of calcium nitrate rising to 200,000 tons per annum. The project will take up to seven years to complete, with a total investment of $270 million.

The low voltage power distribution will be designed and manufactured for Yara’s specific requirements and will be supplied from ABB’s low voltage systems unit based in Skien, Norway.

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