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ABB Wins $75-Million Power Products Order in South Africa

Five-year contract for circuit breakers to increase power grid reliability

Zurich, Switzerland, Sept. 23, 2008 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a $75-million contract from Eskom, South Africa's national electricity provider, to supply and install circuit breakers to strengthen the country's electricity network.

ABB will deliver about 2,000 circuit breakers with operating voltages of 66 kV and 132 kV over a five-year period, and will take responsibility for their installation and commissioning. The circuit breakers help protect electrical equipment from damage caused by current surges and will assist in enhancing the safety and reliability of the electricity network.

"We are proud to support Eskom in this critical period of strengthening the power grid," said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB's Power Products division. "Our production capabilities, together with the expertise of the local teams that will install and commission the equipment, helped us secure what is one of ABB's largest-ever orders for circuit breakers."

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 115,000 people.

ABB Group Corporate Communications, Zurich
Wolfram Eberhardt, Thomas Schmidt
Tel: +41 43 317 6568
Fax: +41 43 317 7958

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