ABB technologies make a splash at the 2018 Global Water Awards

Singapore’s Ulu Pandan demonstration plant wins Wastewater Project of the Year award

The Global Water Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for the water industry, recently conferred one of its highest accolades on the Ulu Pandan wastewater treatment demonstration plant in Singapore. Commissioned in 2017, the highly automated plant was recognized for its adoption of several ground-breaking technologies that slash energy requirements, and reduce plant footprint. ABB technologies used in the plant include automation control and power management systems.

The demonstration plant, developed and owned by Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB, processes 12,500 m3 of wastewater a day – equivalent to the capacity of five Olympic-sized swimming pools – and is used to test and validate new technologies, as well as develop skills and capabilities. It acts as a full-scale demonstration facility for the future Tuas Water Reclamation Plant, on Singapore’s western shore.

Image courtesy of Black & Veatch
Image courtesy of Black & Veatch

In 2016, ABB was awarded the full electrical and control package for the project, comprising low voltage switchgears, drives, process control system and power monitoring system panels including engineering, supply and commissioning. ABB’s advanced technologies offering high automation, its vast domain knowledge coupled with industry experience and an established local service and support team, were factors considered when awarding the contract.

Working closely with partners/builders, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and M&E contractor, Meiden Singapore, ABB provided the integrated process control and power monitoring systems, together with the wireless network architecture for the whole plant. The ABB Ability™ System 800xA integrated automation solution delivered is not only a distributed control system but also an electrical control system, a safety system and a collaboration enabler with the capacity to improve plant efficiency, productivity, operator performance and asset utilization.

“ABB is honored to play a role in this globally recognized project and as a partner of choice will continue to provide our technological expertise to keep Singapore at the leading edge of innovation in the water industry, ensuring that the treatment of used water is as energy efficient and productive as possible,” said Johan de Villiers, Managing Director, ABB in Singapore and South-East Asia.

A number of Singapore’s landmark water projects have deployed ABB’s technologies, for example at the Changi Water Reclamation Plant, Marina Barrage and most recently at the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant, slated for completion by 2020.

ABB provides integrated automation and electrical solutions for the entire water sector, as well as critical field and plant components that deliver high-quality data to its bespoke control system for water. With around 50 years of expertise in all segments – from water intake to water transfer and distribution, from desalination to water and wastewater treatment in municipal, industrial and irrigation sectors – ABB counts hundreds of projects around the world. 

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