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ABB supplies controls for bioethanol plants in Thailand

Zurich, Switzerland, July 2, 2007 - ABB has supplied System 800xA extended automation, as well as related automation equipment and services, to two major bioethanol plants in Thailand, supporting the country’s efforts to reduce its reliance on oil imports and to mitigate environmental impact by reducing its use of fossil fuels.

These plants are a crucial part of projects initiated in 1985 by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. They will produce up to 350,000 Liters of 99.5-percent pure bioethanol from sugarcane (molasses) per day for use in the production of gasohol, an alternative fuel consisting of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent premium petrol.

ABB provided the Thai Agro Energy Company and the Petro Green’s biofuel plant with motor control centers, automation systems, field supervision and commissioning services for controlling the bioethanol production process in addition to a range of other services, including the conceptual design, detail engineering and application software programming.

The Thai Agro Energy Company, based at Dan Chang (Suphan Buri Province), is one of eight major ethanol producers in Thailand with a production capacity of up to 150,000 Liters per day and was commissioned in the first quarter of 2005. Following its success, the Petro Green’s bio-fuel plant in Thailand was successfully commissioned in November 2006 and has a production capacity of up to 200,000 Liters of ethanol per day.

The automation system at the bioethanol plants is based on System 800xA, ABB’s flagship control system. It provides access to detailed process data and precise control functions across the plant, providing operators with customized data including alarm lists, process graphics, control faceplates and trend displays. The operators access this information via two Process Portal operator consoles and use it to identify root causes of alarms and to analyze the status of plant processes.

The comprehensive operational environment reduces operator response times and maintenance costs. Minor problems in the performance of field instruments, motors or even the control system itself can be detected before they become critical, allowing for more efficient maintenance schedules and avoiding expensive unscheduled shut-downs.

ABB’s state-of-the-art system interface allows operators to navigate through real-time data from the entire plant in order to improve the efficiency and reliability of processing plants.

For more about ABB's involvement in the development of alternative energy sources, read the ABB Review on energy efficiency:
www.abb.com/cawp/ABBZH252/D9226A25B313D033C12572F7002AE700.aspx#

ABB 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 109,000 people.
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