19 March 2008

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ABB won a $150-million contract to provide power systems and grid connections for a natural gas and steam-turbine (combined-cycle) power plant to be built in the Netherlands. The 1,300 megawatt power plant for Dutch utility Nuon, in Eemshaven (in the province of Groningen, on the North Sea coast), will feed electricity into the existing Dutch high-voltage grid and could supply power to around two million households. ABB also signed a $130 million contract to develop the Sawan gas field compressor project, located 80 km southeast of Sukkur city in Pakistan. The new plant will include compressor facilities near an existing central processing plant and will increase production needed to feed Pakistan's two main gas pipelines, providing a continuous gas flow of 375 million cubic feet per day.

SafeMedia, a provider of a P2P active denial network security appliance, Clouseau, expanded its reseller channel through an agreement with Systems Design & Support Inc.

Mansfield, Tex.-based Mouser Electronics, Inc. signed a distribution agreement with Noritake Co., Inc., a vacuum fluorescent display modules provider, to penetrate new markets.

Career Moves

Bentley Systems, Inc., appointed Volker Mueller to research director for computational design in the company's applied research group, where he will pursue new ways to employ computation in the infrastructure design professions.

Lenze-AC Tech hired Jim Craig as director of engineering to direct new product design and development and sustain engineering activities at the Uxbridge facility.