Fried and tested technology keeps Egypt’s largest potato processing plant powered up

Fried and tested technology keeps Egypt’s largest potato processing plant powered up

  • Reliable and resilient power solution for Egypt’s largest food and beverage facility
  • Ensuring productivity for one of the biggest suppliers of processed potato products to Africa, where a lack of food security affects one in four people
  • Low Voltage power distribution solution also reduces operational and maintenance costs

Food security is a major issue affecting Africa, where over 346 million people struggle to access food every year 1. To build resilience in the supply chain and ensure food gets to where it’s needed, Egypt’s largest potato processing factory has installed ABB MNS Low Voltage (LV) switchgear to guarantee reliable, high-quality power to its two production lines, which process 10 tons of fried potatoes and two tons of mashed potato per hour for export into neighboring African markets.

The new USD 250 million potato factory, spanning an area of 15,000m 2 (roughly the size of two professional football fields) in a remote region in Southwest Egypt, is an important gateway into the rest of Africa for the country’s processed food exports. The food industry contributes almost 25 percent of Egypt’s GDP, 14 percent of its total exports and employs over 23 per cent of the country’s workforce 2. Building reliability and resilience in the supply chain is therefore essential to both the country’s economy as well as the export markets relying on it.

Sherif Ismail, Commercial Director for ABB Egypt and Central Africa said: “The food & beverage industry in Egypt is under constant pressure to adapt and evolve to meet consumer demand. This means increased production, lower prices, and improved quality and variety, all while maintaining a commitment to sustainability. As a gateway to the African F&B market, Egypt needs to secure a reliable power supply to guarantee and sustain the future of this vital sector. Collaborating with clients like Orascom Construction will help to create blueprints for other facilities to follow.”

To provide a resilient and reliable power supply to keep production lines operating at maximum capacity, ABB installed low voltage power distribution solutions at the site as well as digitally enabled MNS Fixed Main Distribution Boards, which are ready for any future increases in production. UNIKIT panels and Automatic Transfer Switches were also specified to reduce operating costs through low maintenance design and integrated power solutions.

Fady Magdy, Business Unit Director, Industrial Unit from Orascom Construction added: “Egypt is making huge strides in agricultural exports, moving away from bulk crops to focus on processed food products. By delivering high-value agricultural processed food exports to Africa, Egypt is not only promoting access to food, but is also putting the country on the map as an export gateway to the African market. We need a resilient, reliable and safe power supply to keep the potato processing plant operational 24/7. This was made more challenging as the factory is built in a remote part of the country with an unreliable power supply. Any downtime could disrupt productivity and the supply chain and that can’t happen.”

To find out more about ABB’s solutions for the Food & Beverage sector visit ABB portfolio for F&B



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