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ABB wins huge maintenance service contract in Italy

Zurich, Switzerland -- March 21, 2003 -- ABB has signed a four-year, US$ 82-million service contract with ENI Group...


Zurich, Switzerland — March 21, 2003 — ABB has signed a four-year, US$ 82-million service contract with ENI Group’s Enichem and Nuova Polimeri Europa to assume all maintenance activities at their petrochemical plants in Ferrara, Italy.

It is the first large full-service maintenance contract of its kind awarded in the Italian petrochemical industry, and covers all maintenance activities in the petrochemical complex, which includes a rubber plant, a polyethylene plant and two power plants.

“In today’s business climate, our customers want to squeeze more out of their existing assets,” said Dinesh Paliwal, head of ABB’s automation technologies division. “We bring many years of product and process knowledge to our customers, increasing the effectiveness of their plant assets and reducing maintenance costs and losses from downtime.”

The contract calls for ABB to improve operational performance at the plants, as well as provide maintenance services. Long-term partnership agreements of this kind allow ABB to design, execute and manage a customer’s entire asset base, including maintenance labour, repair and operating, indirect maintenance and subcontracting, for improved productivity and reduced costs.