SCADA to Facilitate Real-Time Control and Enable Smart Grid Operation
Zurich, Switzerland, August 7, 2009 – ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order for a network management system that will help monitor and control Malta's electricity supply network and provide a foundation for the evolution of a smart grid.
ABB will implement an integrated Network Manager SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) solution to monitor and control the power stations and substations on the island of Malta. The project scope includes design, engineering, installation, commissioning and a three-year service agreement.
“This project is a good example of how advanced ABB technology can help to enhance network reliability and efficiency through better monitoring and control,” said Jens Birgersson, head of ABB's Network Management business within the Power Systems division. “This solution will considerably improve the availability of the network and benefit consumers with a more stable electricity supply.”
The Network Manager SCADA system will enable better supervision and control of the Maltese electrical power supply system in order to maintain a reliable supply of power under varying operational conditions. It includes features for optimal load shedding at peak loads and quick restoration of power in case of outages. Other benefits include operational flexibility, data archiving and a reduction in losses. The system will provide a good platform for smart grid operation and for managing future interconnections in the Mediterranean region.
The project will be executed by IBM and ABB for Enemalta Corporation, an integrated government utility offering a broad range of energy services to the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors and responsible for the operation of the power generation, transmission and distribution network in Malta.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.
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