ABB to Supply Automation and Electrical Systems for Germany's Newest Coal-Fired Power Plant

2007-06-19 - In November 2006, the foundation stone was laid in Duisburg-Walsum for Germany's first hard coal-fired power plant to be built in 11 years.

ABB will supply the entire package for the electrical and automation systems for the plant. The main contractor, Hitachi Power Europe GmbH, is building the power plant in cooperation with the consortium partner, Hitachi Ltd. for the clients STEAG GmbH and EVN AG.

Central to the order is the ABB Boilermax package, the most sophisticated solution available for optimising the start-up and shut-down procedures in a coal fired power plant.

Also of great importance was the supply of a MODAKOND control process which was configured in conjuction with Hitachi. The model unit coordinates the steam generation and the turbine in response to sudden load changes in an efficient and cost effective way.

The "Walsum 10" as the plant is known, will belong to the 750-megawatt class with a net efficiency of more than 45 percent. When completed, the Walsum 10 will be the Germany's most efficient hard coal-fired power plant, a model for how a plant can more efficiently use resources and reduce emissions including greenhouse gasses.

The new power plant is scheduled to go on line in 2009, after a construction period of only three years.

ABB's entire scope of delivery covers the process control system, including turbine control and boiler protection, metrological and analytical equipment, plus the electrical systems, with power components including, generator breakers, transformers, medium and low-voltage substations. The contract also includes all the associated engineering, construction, commissioning and operator training.

The order underlines the sector's confidence in ABB's technological leadership and its comprehensive expertise in the field of power generation. Thanks to the good and longstanding relationships with EPCs and utilities around the world, ABB can contribute towards the upcoming wave of investment expected in new power plants in terms of improving overall productivity and energy efficiency.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 109,000 people.

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