Automating the biggest power plant in Africa


Kusile power station will be the world’s fourth largest coal-fired power station when fully operational in 2020. For this massive project ABB is supplying a comprehensive control system, software, and instrumentation solution for all six of the stations 800 MW generating units. Kusile will be the first power station in Africa to use wet flue gas desulfurisation technology, as part of a new generation of high-pressure, high-temperature power installations.

The automation system will ensure the most effective plant operations by improving awareness, response times with decision-making, resulting in better availability and efficiency. ABB is also responsible for the design, manufacture, commissioning and testing of the distributed control system (DCS), the field instrumentation and the advanced condition monitoring system to check the equipment health and to provide failure diagnosis. To ensure the success of this project, the company has brought its local engineering resources in South Africa, as well as global engineering expertise, primarily from Italy and Germany. These skills have been drawn together to create an international projects team for Kusile.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB South Africa, Tel 010 202-5090,

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