ABB (power and automation technology) has signed an alliance agreement with the WA Water Corporation, valued at $15 million over four years, to provide ongoing design and supply of SCADA, RTU and communication systems support and maintenance for the West Australian water utilities network.
Given the increased focus on improved water quality, conservation and distribution management, the WA Water Corporation aims to improve its ability to monitor and control its water network. The application of intelligent SCADA control and communication systems is pivotal in achieving this.
A major project being undertaken under the alliance is the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the SCADA control system. This will facilitate the integration of the Perth seawater desalination plant, under construction at Kwinana, south of Perth, into the water network. The desalination plant will provide an extra 45 gigalitres of water each year, and is the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The alliance also covers ongoing maintenance support of the WA Water Corporation control systems, extending as far east as the Goldfields.
“The large existing installed base of ABB MicroSCADA systems, ABB’s in-depth knowledge of the WA Water Corporation’s requirements and our longstanding relationship with the organisation were the catalyst for the formation of the alliance,” said Roland Vitelli, Power Systems divisional manager, ABB.