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ABB wins $32m order for automation in African coal mine

Global power and automation technology group, ABB, has won a $32 million order from Vale in Mozambique for complete electrification and automation solutions to maximise productivity, monitor energy use and minimise energy consumption at a new coal mine.

The new mine is one of Vale’s major investments in Africa and will be built at Moatize, in the Tete province of Mozambique. When completed, it will have a nominal capacity of 11 million tons per year: 8.5 million tons of metallurgical coal and 2.5 million of thermal coal.

“ABB’s vast industry experience, combined with our comprehensive automation and power offerings, provide our customers with the robust solutions they need for these large scope projects,” said ABB process automation division head, Veli-Matti Reinikkala.

“Our ability to provide a complete scope of supply, global expertise and excellent local resources helped us to win this order.”

Construction of the entire facility will take an estimated 36 months, and ABB’s portion of the work is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

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