ABB wins major circuit-breaker contract for Kuwait’s Ministry for Electricity and Water

2013-05-07 - Collaborative working with Kuwaiti channel partner enables ABB to overcome barriers in entering the country’s valuable power distribution market
Dubai, UAE, May 7, 2013 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has received a $10 million order from IEPC for a project at Kuwait’s Ministry for Electricity and Water. The order includes Vacuum Circuit-Breakers (VCBs) and accessories. The announcement represents a major inroad into the Kuwait market, which has traditionally been almost completely closed to foreign manufacturers.

ABB has been working with its Kuwaiti channel partner IEPC ( since 2007 to gain a foothold in the country’s electricity distribution market. IEPC is Kuwait’s leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for low and medium voltage power distribution equipment and its knowledge of the local market and technical requirements has combined with ABB’s expertise in electrical distribution to win this order.

Signed in September 2012, the contract is the culmination of more than four years work establishing a strategy with IEPC, gaining experience, optimising costs and technical solutions.

The order 4511 / 2012-13 is Kuwait’s largest ever for its distribution network and ABB’s successful bid will see its VD4 type vacuum circuit breakers installed into 500 distribution substations (3300 nos. of breakers) rated at 11kV, along with switchgear panels and other equipment provided by IEPC.

To support the country’s needs as it develops its economy in the coming decades, Kuwait has been strengthening its power infrastructure.

Smiljan Music, Regional OEM Business Development Manager – Middle East and Africa, said: “Winning the contract is a major boost to ABB in the Middle East and is the culmination of more than four years’ effort. Our open and transparent working relationship with IEPC has been key for the success and in gaining an understanding of the technical needs and operating environment in Kuwait. We look forward to develop the relationship further.”

Yousef Al-Majed, General Manager of IEPC said: “We now have the challenge of delivering the project in a timely manner, which will go a long way towards setting us up as a major force in Kuwait.”

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.



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