- The port will soon start operations on its new Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT) equipped with ABB safe and efficient distribution solutions
- The port is a major contributor to the economy of Ivory Coast
The port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, one of the busiest container ports in West Africa, has chosen ABB safe, and efficient electrification distribution solutions to fulfill a USD 1 million contract needed for the upgrade and development of its electrical infrastructure. Scope of supply includes innovative digital air insulated switchgear solution, the UniPack-G compact secondary substation, Air Ring Main Unit with withdrawable CB solution and Low voltage main Switchborad type MNS providing a reliable, eco-friendly, energy efficient and flexible electrical network for this important project.
The port, a major contributor to the economy of Ivory Coast, is expected to add 1.2 million containers a year to its capacity, accommodating global shipping demand, facilitating deep water navigation and smoother sea terminal operations.
“Modern transmission infrastructure is crucial not only in terms of electrification, but also in providing both the flexibility and reliability needed to integrate additional expansion to this important port. We feel committed and proud to partner with the port of Abidjan’s Authority to help revolutionize its electrical infrastructure making it more reliable and efficient”, said Mohamed Salem, Electrification Distribution Solutions Division Manager.
Manufactured in Egypt, the UniPack-G substations has accommodated the requirements and modification required by the port of Abidjan authority. In addition to its lightweight and ease of transportation, the UniPack-G ensures the distribution of auxiliary energy to high- and medium-voltage substations. Thanks to its high safety and reliability in harsh damp weather, and ease of maintenance and installation, the ABB patented GRP design is 20% more durable than its concrete equivalent, with superior thermal insulation and rust resistance, keeps all equipment within, well protected and at its best performance.
The new terminal comes as part of the reforms aimed at bolstering economic growth, boosting connectivity and further improving the overall competitiveness of the Ivory Coast foreign trade. It will transform the port into a preferred gateway for neighboring landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. According to the Ivoirian Ministry of Economy and Finance, traffic through the port contributes to 90% of the customs revenues of Ivory Coast and 60% of the country's income.