ABB wins a US$ 17 million contract for protection and control of new EniPower plants

For the first time an innovative solution integrates the protection and control systems of four new combined-cycle power plants

Zurich, Switzerland, March 7, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, said today it has won a US$ 17 million order from EniPower, company part of Eni, for the turnkey supply of automation, protection and control systems to four new combined-cycle power plants.

ABB said the order is of considerable technological importance. For the first time in Italy, the plant automation system (DCS, Distributed Control System) will be integrated with the power network protection and control systems. Under the terms of the contract, ABB will responsible for the entire design, the installation and commissioning as well as for the on-site tests.

For the four combined-cycle power plants, the integrated automation solution will be based on ABB's Symphony Harmony range, which is the joint strategic control and management system dedicated to power production plants. In addition, ABB will deliver its Microscada systems RE.316 and RE.500, the power network protection and automation system fitted to the high, medium and low voltage equipment as well as to to the generation part.

The automation system integration will optimize efficiency in plant management. An extensive, reliable and quick maintenance service will further reduce life cycle cost.

Business relations between EniPower and ABB were successfully begun in 2001, with the supply of circuit breakers and transformers for the same plants, for an overall amount of about US$ 19 million.

EniPower (www.enipower.it) is an integrated operator in electricity generation and sale. It currently operates with five power stations - located in Livorno, Mantova, Brindisi, Ravenna and Taranto - with a total installed capacity amounting to approximately 1,000 megawatts.

ABB (www.abb.com) 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 more than 100 countries and employs about 139,000 people.

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