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ABB’s distributed control system a winner for racecourse mill cogeneration plant

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article image ABB will be providing a distributed control system for the Mackay Sugar Racecourse Mill renewable cogeneration plant

Power and automation technology group, ABB Australia , has won a $4 million order to design, engineer and deliver a distributed control system (DCS) and electrical package for the Mackay Sugar Racecourse Mill renewable cogeneration plant in Mackay, Queensland.

ABB Australia is supplying the distributed control system and electrical package to Mackay Sugar, who is building a 37 megawatt (MW) energy cogeneration plant at their Racecourse Mill in Mackay. The cogeneration plant will utilise the renewable waste matter from the sugar refining process as fuel to produce steam which generates electricity.

Expected to be operational by late 2012, the electricity generated from the cogeneration plant will be sufficient to meet the mill’s entire power supply needs with enough spare capacity to feed surplus clean power back into the local Ergon grid.

ABB Australia will provide engineering, system design, installation and commissioning, and other related services for the project. The scope includes the supply of distributed control systems and key electrical equipment, including export and auxiliary transformers, medium voltage switchgear, variable speed drives and a low voltage motor control centre solution.

The switchgear, drives and control system equipment will be installed and pre-commissioned in a transportable switchroom before being delivered to site for final commissioning in early 2012.

“ABB’s strong local presence and project execution capabilities, combined with our innovative electrical balance of plant packaged solution, helped us to win this important order,” says Jason Venning, head of ABB's power generation business in Australia.

“Our reliable and energy-efficient technologies will help the mill maximise its use of renewable energy and satisfy their growing need for electricity,” he adds.

The engineering solution for the control system includes installation and commissioning of a wet rack and a Harmony distributed control system with a Citect HMI (human machine interface) for the boiler controls.

With its improved industrial productivity and safety, ABB’s System 800xA will be utilised for the plant’s safety management system and will provide customers with operational profitability in virtually every industry, from traditional utilities and process industries to alternative energy production such as solar, waste-to-energy and bioethanol.

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