ABB wins US$ 22 million order to optimize process controls at power plants in Germany

Upgrades will improve performance and lower cost of two Vattenfall plants

Düsseldorf, Germany, May 7, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today it has won orders valued US$ 22 million from Vattenfall Europe Generation AG & Co. KG, Berlin, to optimize the process control systems for the utility's Jänschwalde and Boxberg power generation stations in the Lausitz region of Germany.

Under the terms of contract, ABB will expand the existing automation and upgrade the operating and monitoring systems for process control at the two coal-fired plants. Jänschwalde - one of the largest lignite fired power plants in Europe - has six units rated at 500 megawatts each and Boxberg Power Station III operates two 500-megawatt lignite-fired units.

The planned refurbishment will almost fully automate the operation of both stations, reduce their start-up times and improve their overall cost effectiveness. The modifications are scheduled for completion by 2005 and will be carried out unit-by-unit during already planned audits to prevent additional outages.

Michael Hirth, Head of ABB Utility Automation Sysetms, emphasized the importance of these projects for the utility, "Quick refurbishment makes a significant contribution to the cost-effectiveness and competitiveness for power plants in a deregulated energy market. ABB's experience, along with their expertise in this type of modernization process, is an important prerequisite for achieving these goals."

Increasing the degree of automation in the remaining digital control system and migrating and re-structuring human system interface and plant information systems will create an almost fully automatic process control system. The upgrades protect the original systems investments that VEAG made years ago and continue the long-term cooperation with ABB in the area of power generation. ABB already supplied the control system for the 900 MW Unit Q at the Boxberg Power Station IV, as well as an enterprise-wide solution using OptimizeIT Unit Commitment (PowerFit) to optimize the operation of the Vattenfall Europe Generation AG & Co. KG power stations.

Vattenfall Europe Generation AG & Co. KG, Berlin, was created by the merger of the generating division of the former VEAG and the former open pit mining company Laubag. The two power stations generate electricity by burning lignite sourced in central Germany and contribute significantly to the country's coal industry.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impacts. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people worldwide.

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