ABB has received an order worth over $160 million from Eskom, South Africa’s national electricity provider, to supply control systems, software and instrumentation for the 4800 megawatt (MW) Kusile coal-fired power station under construction near Witbank in the country’s north east.
Kusile will be the fourth largest coal-fired power station in the world and will help boost South Africa’s capacity. It is among a new generation of high-pressure, high-temperature power installations, also known as supercritical, whose efficiency surpasses that of conventional coal-fired power plants, producing lower emissions and reducing fuel costs.
Kusile will be the first in Africa to use wet flue gas desulphurisation technology in all its plant boilers. Eskom is installing state-of-the-art clean coal technology in one of its largest plants to help ensure a long term, reliable source of base load electricity for the region.
ABB is supplying the control and instrumentation solution for the entire plant, including boiler protection and plant simulator, engineering, installation, commissioning, optimisation and training. “ABB’s energy efficient technology solutions will help deliver a reliable power supply to consumers,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB power systems division. “We are pleased to continue with our contribution to the development of South Africa’s power infrastructure through our power, automation and software capabilities.”
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