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ABB to supply controls for Alberta power project

Zurich, Switzerland, October 5, 2007 - ABB has been awarded a contract to provide Industrial IT Extended Automation System 800xA and related project services for the Keephills Unit 3 power project in Alberta, Canada. The contract was awarded by plant supplier Hitachi and is valued at US$ 7.110M.

Unit 3 is jointly owned by TransAlta Corporation and EPCOR Utilities Inc. and will be located at TransAlta’s Keephills power plant facility, located near Edmonton. The facility currently has two coal-fired units with a combined output of 766 megawatts. Unit 3 will also be coal-fired and will produce 450 megawatts when it is completed in 2011.

ABB’s delivery includes System 800xA Extended Automation for burner management, boiler control, balance of plant, data acquisition, sequence of events, and plant historian. ABB will also provide project management, engineering configuration and other related site services.

"Keephills Unit 3 is important to help keep up with the demand for power in Alberta. The province is experiencing record economic growth and this drives the need for more electricity," explained ABB Project Manager Kevin de Ree. "System 800xA is well suited for the requirements of Unit 3. It also provides for future advances in systems technologies."

EPCOR will construct Unit 3. Upon completion, TransAlta will operate it. Both companies will independently market their share of the unit’s output.

System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in a single operations and engineering environment so that plants/mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings. Its reach extends well beyond the realm of essential process control to production management, safety, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, information management, asset optimization, simulation, and documentation. System 800xA’s unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant. Control Engineering magazine selected System 800xA Extended Automation to receive an Editors’ Choice Award as one of the best products introduced in 2004.

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 approximately 111,000 people.
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