ABB's wins Australian cogen plant control order

ABB will design and deliver a US$4 million distributed control system and electrical package for a new cogeneration plant at Mackay Sugar’s Racecourse Mill.

The 37 MW CHP plant, which is being built at the Racecourse Mill in Mackay, Queensland, Australia, will use waste material from the sugar refining process as fuel.

The electricity generated will meet the all mill’s power supply needs, and excess electricity will be supplied into the local Ergon grid. The plant is scheduled to be operational by late 2012.

ABB will provide engineering, system design, installation and commissioning.

The scope includes supply of control systems and electrical equipment including export and auxiliary transformers, medium voltage switchgear, variable speed drives and a low voltage motor control centre.

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.

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