ABB subsidiary Ventyx announced $7 million in contracts with South African utility Eskom Monday for software at electric facilities that include the Koeberg nuclear plant.The company will deploy its supervisory control and data acquisition/distribution management system for network monitoring and electric operations. At Koeberg, the utility will install Ventyx's Equipment Reliability software."With an increasingly urban population, demand for electricity in Africa is rising fast, increasing pressure on utilities to maximize the availability and efficiency of their networks. Ventyx network management and equipment reliability solutions help utilities reduce operating and maintenance costs while improving reliability of service," Ventyx's Africa sales director, Johan Engelbrecht, said in a release.Eskom is the largest power utility in Africa, and Koeberg is the continent's only commercial nuclear plant. It uses two Areva/Framatome pressurized water reactors commissioned in the mid 1980s and producing 900 megawatts each, according to the World Nuclear Association.