Coal, Retrofits & Upgrades

U.S. unit of ABB receives utility retrofit order

Niles, Mich., May 30, 2001 – A business unit of ABB USA has received an order valued in excess of $1 million for the rebuild of existing fans at a power utility.

ABB Fan Group, Inc. in Niles, Mich. USA has received an order for four (4) 140-inch (3.55 m) diameter, 43,120 feet per minute tip speed, double width rotors from AmerenUE for their Rush Island Power Station in Festus, Missouri. Rush Island is a 1200 MW coal fired power station that was built in 1976.

ABB will retrofit a competitor’s existing fans that had been replaced just four years ago but that did not perform, had significant wheel cracking and required early replacement. ABB will provide replacement wheels, shafts, bearings, pedestals and soleplates and center control variable inlet vane dampers.

ABB will deliver two rotors in early September 2001 for AmerenUE / Rush Island’s fall outage and the final two rotors in February 2002. Significant in the decision process to order from ABB was ABB’s conservative design philosophy, ability to deliver on time and its extensive experience of trouble-free installations.

This order marks yet another time where ABB has applied high technology to fan engineering to provide customer value. For more information contact Jim Greenzweig, phone +1 716 845-0500, [email protected]

ABB Fan Group, Inc. provides custom fan solutions for the power, cement, oil & gas and other heavy industries. The company is headquartered in Niles, Mich. with additional significant sales, engineering and manufacturing facilities in Mexico City (http://www/ ABB Fan Group North America is ISO-9001 certified.

ABB ( serves manufacturing, process and consumer industries, utilities, and the oil and gas markets. The company’s U.S. operations ( employ more than 16,000 people at manufacturing and other facilities in 40 states. Worldwide, ABB employs 160,000 people in more than 100 countries and reported revenues of $23 billion in 2000.