In a big ceremony attended by the Ministers of Industry, Investment and Electricity in Egypt, ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced recently the opening of 2 new manufacturing facilities producing compact substations and medium voltage switchgear to add to its current facilities in 10th of Ramadan City.
A building block has also been completely refurbished and is powered by a state of the art solar PV roof top installation(125 KW peak) showcasing ABB’s invertors and electrification solutions used in the solar generation value chain. The solar plant will provide the necessary lighting power in the building with any over-capacity being fed directly into Cairo’s electrical grid.
This building will also house a high-tech customer showroom where ABB’s extensive range of technologies, products and solutions will be on display including ABB KNX innovative applications and solutions for intelligent control system applied in the automation of residential and non-residential buildings. The showroom should educate customers, opinion formers, universities and R&D institutions on how grid reliability can be improved and how industrial productivity can be increased – while lowering environmental impact.
Naji Jreijiri, Cluster Manager of ABB in Egypt, Near East and Central Africa said “We are very pleased to have come so far with our investments in Egypt. During the last couple of years with our deep roots and local knowledge in Egypt we have been continuously developing the business, growing our exports into Africa and the Middle East and preparing for the upturn in the domestic market. We would not be talking about the investments in Egypt today if we did not believe in a good future ahead for our operations here.”
He added: “ABB in Egypt is pro-actively demonstrating the benefits of renewable energy by having a solar installation in our own factory. ABB is very optimistic about the future of renewables in Egypt as it will be one of the key vehicles in addressing the growing energy demand. We are quite optimistic for the future of the renewable energy market in Egypt, especially after the announcement of the Feed in Tariffs by the government. This shows strong support / commitment by the government in Egypt for renewables.”
The growing need for alternative energy solutions in emerging markets also gives ABB an opportunity to help countries and companies create electricity from renewable and sustainable sources without compromising on safety or manageability. This came during the visit of Frank Duggan, ABB’s Head of Global Markets 2 weeks ago.
“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 to be a hub to export our technologies, systems and services into North and Central Africa where a reliable electricity supply is one of the central pillars of economic development, which is at the heart of what we do in ABB”, said Duggan.
ABB has already played a significant role in harnessing wind and solar energy in Egypt, with numerous projects in this field like Al Zafarana Wind Farm and El Kureimat Solar plant south of Cairo. ABB supplied the distribution control system (DCS), MV Switchgear, Motors and Drives. ABB in Egypt is ideally positioned for upcoming renewable projects (solar and wind) both at home and for export with its engineering capabilities, local qualified resources and long list of references around the world.”
ABB in Egypt has been present since 1926, and started its manufacturing investment in 1979, and in the last couple of years has increased its investment to be able to serve Egypt’s growing local market demand as well as positioning itself as the export hub for Africa, and the Middle East. ABB in Egypt has 2000 employees and operates in 5 factories spread over 100,000 square meters in 10th of Ramadan City, an export assembly factory in Nasr City free zone, a regional center and machines service workshop in 10th of Ramadan, and a regional service center for turbo-systems in Suez free zone. ABB Egypt Headquarters are based in Cairo and a branch in Alexandria City.