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Super efficient German coal power plant, controlled by ABB

ABB will provide control systems and instrumentation to Datteln Unit 4, a new power plant under construction in Germany’s Rhein-Ruhr region. It will be one of the most fuel-efficient coal-fired plants in the world when it begins operations in 2011, replacing the less efficient units at the site.

The order is worth more than A$72 million. ABB’s scope of supply comprises a System 800xA control installation with boiler protection and all instrumentation. This includes electrical actuators, which will be integrated into the process control system via a Profibus network.

“Our integrated systems combine the latest ABB platform with our extensive knowledge of power plant processes, resulting in very reliable operation, as well as reduced maintenance and operational costs,” says Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s power systems division

ABB will also carry out the complete engineering, installation and commissioning. The order includes the option to deliver process control equipment for three similar power plants in the future.

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