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Sat 1 Dec 2007 04:00 AM

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Transformer plant opens

The region’s first dedicated power transformer plant has officially started operation in Abu Dhabi.

Brush Transformers Gulf, a joint venture between Al Nasser Industrial Enterprises (ANIE) and Brush Transformers, a British manufacturer of power transformers, has officially started operations at its new plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The 20 000 m2 plant was officially opened by Abdulla Nasser Hawaileel Al Mansoori, chairman of ANIE and Paul Heiden, CEO of FKI plc, the parent company of Brush Transformers.

The company hopes the local availability of power transformers will reduce the reliance of the region on units imported from Europe and Japan. The factory will build units in the 33 KV to 132 KV voltage class, up to 90 MVA (megavolt ampere). This range is widely used in the transmission of power from a generating plant to the end-user.

"This landmark project is a pioneering initiative for the UAE industrial sector," said Nasser at the event. "Local transformer production will support the industrial growth of Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the whole region, where economic growth and industrialisation have spurred the demand for power transformers."

"The new facility is also an example of economic growth leading to industrial diversification, which feeds back into the local economy," he added.

"The production of units here will reduce delivery times, shipping costs and the possibility of damage during transportation," said Tim Walker, general manager of Brush Transformers Gulf. "Dedicated treatment and a high level of support will be given to our local customers by our specialist team of support
service engineers."

Brush Transformers Gulf was formed in 2005. Construction of the new plant began in 2006 with the first shipment to local customers already completed. The facility manufactures the largest power transformers produced in the Middle East. The company supplies distribution power transformers to oil and gas, steel, cement and other classes of the industrial sector as well as power companies in the region.

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