ABB to enhance operator effectiveness at power plant in the Philippines

2017-09-19 - New training simulator to upskill operators at plant which has also recently upgraded its human-machine interface to ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus

ABB has won an order to supply a high-fidelity operator training simulator from its Symphony family of control systems to a power plant in the Mauban municipality of the Philippines, around 150 kilometers southeast of Manila.

Quezon Power (Philippines), Limited Co – which owns this 460-megawatt coal-fired facility – will use the high-fidelity dynamic simulator to ensure operator competence. With the daily decisions of personnel directly impacting a plant’s safety, production, process availability and quality, it is critical that operators have all the information they need to make correct and timely decisions.

The simulator will offer a virtual recreation of the actual Quezon plant, including non-standard scenarios and faults, allowing both newly recruited staff and existing operators to become more familiar with their working environment and learn how to react in challenging situations. The scope of work for this project runs from design and engineering to installation, commissioning and training.

As well as evolving its staff’s training and skills, earlier this year Quezon Power also upgraded the facility’s human-machine interface (HMI) to ABB Ability Symphony Plus Operations. A high-performance HMI such as this is another fundamental pillar in ensuring operator effectiveness. By providing personnel with the ergonomically optimized tools and environment they need to run the plant effectively, ABB is supporting significant performance improvements for its customer.

Part of the ABB Ability digital offering, Symphony Plus is the latest in a long line of power generation control technology developments from ABB, stretching back over the past century. While helping its customer to evolve their own technology and expertise to the latest standard, ABB is able to draw on its long-standing spirit of control technology innovation that represents its roots to the future.

“We are pleased to convert our long-standing and trustful customer relationship into another order success,” said Kevin Kosisko, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Generation business unit. “We have a strong track record in providing expertise and services to help operators handle the complexity of their power plants. This collaborative approach, which is in line with our ABB Ability offering, is key in supporting the customer’s decision-making and performance.”

ABB Ability Symphony Plus is the latest generation of ABB’s highly successful Symphony family of control systems. With more than 6,800 systems installed in the past 35 years and more than 60 gigawatts of additional power capacity installed during the last six years, much of it in the power generation and water sectors, ABB has one of the largest installed bases of distributed control systems in the world.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience in partnering with the energy and water industries, bringing them improved operations and sustainable progress. We deliver integrated and secure digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of conventional and renewable power plants and water facilities.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. (

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