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ABB sets up Brisbane facility to tap into gas and mining markets

ABB has opened a new facility dedicated to supporting the resource sectors in Queensland. The facility, is situated at Milton in Brisbane.

The site was officially opened by Veli-Matti Reinkkala, global head of ABB’s Process Automation division. Axel Kuhr (pictured alongside), country manager for ABB in Australia, explains the company’s strategy for increasing the power and automation engineering capability in Queensland.

Kuhr said: “Australia’s mining boom coupled with the fast developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in Queensland will play a significant role in ABB Australia’s ongoing success.

"Globally, we are well known for setting up the necessary local infrastructure to support large projects and this new office will operate as our primary engineering support centre for QGC’s new coal seam gas project.”

Earlier this year ABB was awarded an US$58 million order to provide integrated automation, safety and telecommunications systems and related equipment for the new upstream coal seam gas project in Queensland.

ABB has been appointed the main automation contractor for the project by QGC Pty Limited, a BG Group business. QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG Project is one of Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects.

ABB enhanced its ability to provide asset management solutions and services when it completed its acquisition of Brisbane-based Mincom in August 2011.

The acquisition enables ABB to supply enterprise asset management (EAM) software and solutions. Solutions for the resources sector cover the entire spectrum of processes from exploration to logistics, from sales to asset maintenance.

Currently, ABB has more than 700 employees based in Queensland.

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