ABB wins $62-million control order for high-efficiency power plant in Germany

Coal-fired plant will be among the world's most energy-efficient

Zurich, Switzerland, June 26, 2007 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $62 million from the German utility, E.ON-Kraftwerke GmbH, to supply the complete process control system for a new high-efficiency power plant.

ABB will equip E.ON’s 1,100-megawatt (MW) hard-coal-fired power plant, Datteln Unit4, with a state-of-the-art power plant control system. The new plant located in Germany’s Rhein-Ruhr region will have a thermal efficiency of more than 45 percent, making it one of the world’s most energy efficient coal-fired plants.

"This order demonstrates the trust E.ON places in ABB's power plant control technology and expertise," said Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division. "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."

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. 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.

ABB is the leading supplier of power plant control systems, instrumentation and electrical balance of plant applications. Since the product was launched three years ago, ABB has supplied more than 2,500 System 800xA control installations for a variety of industries, including power generation.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve 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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