ABB to upgrade gas turbine system at Salzburg power plant

Power and automation technology group ABB has been chosen by energy and infrastructure service provider Salzburg AG to upgrade the gas turbine control system at its HKW Mitte combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Salzburg, Austria.

The collaboration dates back to 2021, when ABB won the contract to upgrade the existing Advant Master based Egatrol 8 gas turbine control system.

According to Martin Zlatanski, Project Manager at ABB Energy Industries in Switzerland, the companies worked together closely from the design phase until and including commissioning.

“The result is a successfully executed project, a new Egatrol X turbine control system based on ABB’s Ability System 800xA distributed control system and a satisfied customer,” he said.

The upgrade took place during a planned shutdown, during which ABB Switzerland’s software engineering team used an in-house code translation process, a virtual gas turbine model and a system simulator to achieve translation and validation of the software.

According to the company, the hardware design of the new technology allows for ‘significant’ reduction in commissioning effort and elimination of the risk of re-wiring errors.

This was showcased during the upgrade, when ABB Austria was able to install the new system in less than half the anticipated time, said Thomas Hoher, Head of Hardware Engineering at ABB Energy Industries in Austria.

“ABB’s combined efforts, deep process expertise and domain knowledge ensured a fast and smooth upgrade to ABB’s Egatrol X gas turbine control system,” said Sebastian Schuller, Head of Thermal Generation & District Heating at Salzburg AG.

Speaking to gasworld last year, Ben Goossens, Global Product Line Market Manager at ABB said that the company has intensified its relations with some R&D centres from global players in the gas industry.

The company revealed that it is looking towards developments in digitisation for 2024, specifically its ‘My Measurement Assistant’, which is ABB’s web application that provides maintenance guidance including commissioning, troubleshooting, training and spare parts management.

“With the launch of Dynamic QR code reading on the My Measurement Assistant, we set the ambition for a further roll-out of new features that will assure a digitalisation will be a part of everybody working with the range of our continuous gas analysers,” revealed Goossens.

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