Asia Pacific: Region gains Singapore-based ABB support center

By Control Engineering Staff January 30, 2007
Opening ceremonies at the new center included (left to right) guest of honor Kenneth Tan, director of services cluster for the Economic Development Board of Singapore; James Foo, president and country manager for ABB Singapore; and Michael Zhang, head of control systems and products for Asia, ABB.

Singapore —With reportedly the largest installed base of power generation products and systems in the Philippines and Indonesia, and contracts to provide new systems for oil platforms in the region, ABB announced the opening of a dedicated Control Systems and Products Regional Action Center (RAC) in Singapore. The RAC will provide technical and training support for automation customers, as well as regional sales support, marketing, and business development functions throughout the region.

ABB is focusing on a high-growth region with “power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.

Demand for electricity is reportedly increasing between 6 and 9% a year in the Philippines and Indonesia, and these countries are expanding their power generating capacity. The two latest geothermal power plant projects to be announced—the 40-MW Northern Negros Geothermal Project in the Philippines and the 20-MW Lahendong II project in Indonesia—will be controlled by advanced ABB automation systems. ABB is working on projects with Fuji Electric of Japan, a leading supplier of turbines and generators and a previous collaborator on such projects.

In a project expected to be operational in March 2007, Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor PT Sempec in Indonesia is using ABB to provide integrated electrical and control buildings with electrical, automation and safety systems, monitoring, and controls for a new oil processing platform. The platform, operated by KODECO (Korea Development Company Ltd.), is located offshore East Java, Indonesia in the Poleng C field.

“This project reinforces our broad expertise in providing integrated advanced solutions to the world’s energy industries,” said Sandy Taylor, group vice president of Oil & Gas Industries Process Automation division. “The project award also underlines PT Sempec Indonesia’s confidence in our ability to execute large projects, while providing a single point of contact.”

ABB’s scope of supply includes integrated 800xA automation and safety systems, 380-V switchgear, motor control centers (MCC), and distribution boards in two fully assembled E-houses, one control building, and one electrical building. Fire suppression systems, fire and gas detectors, potable water systems, HVAC, and UPS will also be supplied for the buildings. In addition, ABB will provide engineering, supply, installation commissioning and start-up, and training of the integrated power and automation systems.

Kenneth Tan, director of services cluster for Singapore’s Economic Development Board, was guest of honor at the RAC opening ceremony on Jan. 16, 2007. Congratulating ABB on the facility, Tan said, “ABB is effectively leveraging Singapore’s advantages to grow its business in all aspects. With its Global Marine Engineering Center, also located here, ABB affirms Singapore’s reputation as a key business and technology hub for businesses.” ABB Singapore opened a Center of Competence for its Marine business unit in 2006, and a Center of Excellence for its pulp and paper business in 2005.

Michael Zhang, ABB group vice president and manager of ABB’s Singapore Regional Action Center, said, “Our goal is to help our customers be more successful in their businesses; this local focus will help us to work more closely with our regional customers and sales partners.” The industries ABB serves include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals and minerals, and marine and turbocharging.

ABB Singapore was established in 1971, and currently employs about 900 people. It is part of the ABB Group, which operates in about 100 countries and employs 107,000 people.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Renee Robbins , editorial director