PLN selects ABB to supply MCBs


PLN, Indonesia’s state-owned power utility, has selected ABB for a new two-year contract to supply miniature circuit breakers (MCBs). ABB’s state-of-the-art factory in Cibitung, West Java will increase production by 100 percent to cope with the increasing demand.

For the past two decades, ABB affirmed its proven track record as a PLN supplier, with outstanding quality and unmatched capacity. The ABB team was in contact with PLN through all stages of the bidding process, understanding their needs and demonstrating that ABB had the capacity to support the best quality MCBs at a competitive price.

There is no doubt that Southeast Asia (SEA) is one of the fastest growing regions in the world when it comes to the electricity demand, with the average rate growing by about 6 percent annually over the past 20 years. Within the region, Indonesia came out the top country for electricity demands in 2020,, underlining the need for electricity generated to be reliable and consistent. According to the World Economic Forum survey in November 2020, 91.7 percent of companies in Indonesia applied for the Work from Home (WFH) exercise during the pandemic, making safe and reliable supply of power at homes a critical requirement.

ABB’s MCBs are said to play an important role in protecting homes and devices from voltage fluctuations. ABB’s MCBs also ensure electrical safety in offices and commercial buildings, and for industrial applications, by protecting electrical installations against overloads and short circuits. Once a fault is detected, the MCB automatically turns off the electrical circuit to prevent damage to wires and to avoid the risk of fire.

“ABB is committed and proud to continue supplying high-performance, locally manufactured MCBs to PLN as they support increased demand from their existing customer base and continue with the electrification of Indonesia,” said Jorge Aguinaga, Head of Electrification business of ABB in Indonesia.

In Indonesia, ABB MCBs are certified by SNI, the Indonesian National Standard, which states to be  certified in safety, quality, and performance of electrical equipment. In addition, the MCBs also provide a higher level of local content than the requirement set by the government.

ABB’s MCB factory in Cibitung ramped up its yearly capacity to millions of MCB poles last year, to serve PLN and meet export orders from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and New Zealand. The factory is equipped with ‘state of the art’ assembly automation and product-testing equipment. Hundreds of employees at the factory follow strict health protocols, including physical distancing, wearing medical masks, and temperature checks.

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