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ABB, desalinating the Gold Coast

ABB water-cooled motors and drives will power the first large-scale desalination plant on the east coast. ABB is also supplying the low voltage drives for all the pump applications at the plant.

The customer, GCD Alliance, selected the ABB solution for the Tugun desalination plant on the Queensland Gold Coast. Tugun will provide 125 million litres a day of much-needed potable water to an area severely affected by drought.

Low harmonics, fast switching response, small footprint — and ABB’s reference list of energy-efficient solutions for desalination plants – were the reasons why their solution was selected. ABB competed against all the major global suppliers of motors and drives and was awarded the contract for best compliance with a diverse and demanding range of specifications and requirements that included lowest operating costs and fastest delivery.

ABB has supplied desalination plants in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Americas with a broad range of products, systems and solutions ranging from motors and drives to instrumentation, distributed control systems, plant optimisation systems and electrical balance of plant for desalination power stations.

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