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ABB wins $17 million mining contract in South Africa

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

ABB, a leading Swiss power and automation technology group, has received $17 million worth of orders for the supply of the electrical equipment for four mine winders to Impala Platinum in South Africa.

The orders involve the supply, installation and commissioning of control systems, transformers,
Advant Hoist Monitor Systems, AMZ 2000 motors and ACS 6000 drives for the mine winders for the platinum producer’s two new shafts in the Rustenburg area, in the North West province of the country.

“We are pleased to have been selected to assist Impala Platinum with these new projects,” says Carlos Pone, CEO, ABB South Africa.

“Our vast experience in mining, coupled with our advanced technology products will provide Implats with the best-suited solutions to realise their targets for the new shafts.”

Impala Platinum is busy sinking new shafts – Shafts 16 and 20 – and Shaft 17 is still in the design phase. These three shafts are an integral part of their future plans.

The headgear for Shaft 16 is already constructed and shaft sinking is commencing. The winders will be installed and commissioned in 2010.

Impala employs approximately 28,000 people across its operations and is one of the most efficient and lowest cost primary platinum producers in the world.

ABB has supplied power and automation
equipment and engineering to the mining industry in South Africa for many years and mine winders to the South African since the early 1960’s. In addition to South Africa, ABB has completed many projects for new mine hoists to more than 35 countries around the world including China, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and Australia.

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