ABB delivers integrated automation and safety systems to Lu’an project in China

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The coal-to-liquid fuels Lu’an project has used ABB as its main automation vendor to reduce risk and optimize timing, safety and security. Operators have been trained in a safe environment using digital technology.

Photo credit: Lu’an.

The Lu’an Group project, located in Changzhi in the Shanxi Province of China, is a vital benchmarking project that will help position China as a leader in the modern coal-to-liquid fuels sector, bringing a construction capacity of 1.8 Mt/a of liquid.

As the main automation vendor for the project, ABB has added significant value: interfacing with multiple Chinese engineering, procurement and construction companies to deliver a range of automation and safety systems - including distributed control systems, safety instrumented systems and gas detection systems, involving approximately 60,000 I/O (input/output) points - throughout the project.

ABB‘s interface management will ensure a consistent, compatible solution that lowers risk during and after this project for the customer. The automation systems, installation, commissioning and after-sales support were all completed on-time and on-budget by ABB in China.

ABB’s fully integrated systems have been installed across Lu’an’s production facilities, including the power plant, coal gasification, purification, synthetic oil, sulfur recovery, air separation and tank farm. ABB has also provided engineering and site commissioning services for the project. An operation training simulator has also been supplied to upskill employees in a safe environment.

With an extensive automation and digital portfolio, choosing a single source for automation and safety systems has been possible, with seamless integration into ABB‘s cross-industry digital platform, ABB Ability™. This spans across all industrial sectors and extends from the individual component to the cloud, with products, systems, solutions, services and a platform that allows ABB’s customers to know more and do more. and better, together.

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Lu’an Group


Changzhi, Shanxi Province, China

ABB solution

ABB acted as main automation contractor and provided distributed control systems, safety instrument systems, gas detection systems and operator training simulator plus engineering and site-commissioning. Altoghether we installed 60,000 I/O points throughout customer’s facility. 

Commissioning year 


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