Kuwait power station and desal contract for ABB

ABB riding high after contract wins in Oman and Kuwait

Kuwait's Doha East power station has a new maintenance contract with ABB (Getty Images).
Kuwait's Doha East power station has a new maintenance contract with ABB (Getty Images).

ABB has won a five year contract to provide maintenance services for Kuwait’s Doha East power station and the Shuwaikh desalination plant.

Under an agreement signed with the country’s Ministry of Electricity and Water, ABB will provide technical and project management services, plus maintenance and on-site support related to the power infrastructure. The work is intended to optimise performance and reliability of the power and desalination plants.

Doha East is one of Kuwait’s five major base load power stations. The Shuwaikh Seawater Desalination Plant has been operational since 1953 and is a key part of the country’s infrastructure, accounting for 6% of its desalination capacity.

"Service is a key focus area for ABB and we shall leverage our technology strengths and domain knowledge to help Kuwait maintain the efficiency and reliability of these plants,” commented Franz-Josef Mengede, head of ABB’s global Power Generation business, Power Systems division.

The announcement follows that of another major maintenance contract win within the region by the firm. ABB Oman has signed a three-year agreement with global mining firm Vale for its new US $1.3 billion iron ore pellet plant and distribution centre in Sohar Industrial Port.

The agreement will cover the development and execution of all maintenance activities at the plant including M&E maintenance scheduling, shutdown management and reliability maintenance. The direct reduction iron ore pelletising plant and distribution center will be Vale’s first operation outside of Brazil when it opens. It is intended to serve the growing demand for iron ore and pellets from the Middle East steel industry and is scheduled for start-up in late 2010.

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