According to The Times (South Africa), Swiss power-technology company ABB has been given a contract worth $90-million (R630-million) to upgrade control systems and instrumentation at the 20-year-old Matla power station in Mpumalanga. ABB is to refurbish all control systems at the 3600MW coal-fired power station; project management and engineering will be done locally, with relevant training for to local engineers and technicians. Said a spokesman for ABB:
“We are delighted that the refurbishment of Matla has encouraged local expertise in South Africa. This has been achieved through years of technology transfer, making our local operation competitive".