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INNOVATION: ABB named key supplier to Nemaska Lithium, opens Montreal HQ

QUEBEC – ABB was named the key technical supplier for Nemaska Lithium‘s new Whabouchi mine and processing plant in the James Bay region. ABB will provide overall project management, design and engineering for the complete electrification and automation of the production sites.

ABB’s new headquarters in Montreal. Credit: ABB.

For this project, ABB will design, procure and deliver the systems and infrastructure that will enable the mine, concentrator and hydromet plant in Shawinigan to operate efficiently, safely and reliably. ABB will provide integrated automation and electrification systems, including power infrastructure and equipment, control systems and other automation equipment and software along with ongoing site services. Furthermore, ABB will interface with third party vendors to ensure fast-track project execution and a lifetime of operational efficiency for the customer.

ABB Ability solutions will provide the electrical and automation infrastructure needed to run this process, integrating real-time monitoring by smart sensors and analytics applications with Nemaska’s core business and management processes. The integrated approach will enable Nemaska to leverage artificial intelligence and predictive analytics after the ramp-up phase of the project.

Once all deliveries have taken place, ABB will continue to work with Nemaska Lithium onsite to ensure that their operational, productivity, energy efficiency and safety goals are met over the lifetime of this mine.

ABB opened its $90-million Canadian headquarters in Montreal on May 24 to strengthen its commitment to its Canadian customers. Campus Montreal is the home of ABB’s Customer Innovation Center, which showcases ABB Ability. By combining ABB’s deep domain expertise with network connectivity and the latest digital technologies and innovations, ABB Ability creates powerful solutions and services that address real business problems and produce tangible business opportunities.

The headquarters is also home to the new ABB North American Centre of Excellence in E-Mobility. This initiative was created to share expertise with Canadian customers and stakeholders in the field of electric-powered transportation technologies. It will support the development of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient transport networks, including electric buses and trains, and will bring to ether transit operators, power utilities and engineering experts to address challenges related to building smart cities and sustainable mobility solutions for Canada.

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