ABB to equip Italy’s Grazia Deledda Sulcis power plant with automation system

18 March 2013 (Last Updated March 18th, 2013 18:30)

Global power and automation group ABB will equip Italy's Grazia Deledda Sulcis power plant on the island of Sardinia with its Symphony Plus automation and control system.

ABB control room

Global power and automation group ABB will equip Italy's Grazia Deledda Sulcis power plant on the island of Sardinia with its Symphony Plus automation and control system.

Under a contract awarded by Italian power firm Enel, ABB will automate, integrate and optimise one of the two units at the 590MW coal-fired power plant.

The unit's existing control systems will be replaced with a total plant automation solution, which ABB says will improve its efficiency and environmental performance.

Symphony Plus comprises ABB's recently-launched high-performance controller, alongside burner management, flue gas desulfurisation systems and instrumentation.

A new control room and operator stations will also be deployed at the plant as part of the order.

ABB Power Generation business head Massimo Danieli said the new solution will integrate multiple plant production and information systems into a single platform, thereby improving the plant's efficiency and lowering its environmental impact.

"It is scalable and enables integration of the plant's electrical, business and maintenance systems as requirements evolve over time," Danieli said.

Located on the southwestern coast of Sardinia within Italy's only coal deposit, Sulcis Iglesiente basin, the Grazia Deledda Sulcis plant has a generating capacity of more than 240MW.

With around 52% of country's electricity being generated through natural gas, Italy plans to increase its focus on coal-based power generation in the years to come, said ABB.

Over 6,000 Symphony systems have so far been installed by ABB across the globe, with 4,000 in power and water applications.


Image: ABB will set up a new control room and operator stations at Enel's power plant; Photo: Courtesy of ABB.

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