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ABB Ability system for Vietnamese cement plant

Tan Thang cement plant in Vietnam

Control system package ensures operational efficiency and reliable electrical supply for new cement plant

ABB have helped Tan Thang Cement to successfully complete the commissioning of ABB Ability digital solutions at a new cement plant in Nghe An province, Vietnam.

ABB provided the ABB Ability System 800xA DCS (Distributed Control System), which integrates control, electrical and communication systems for optimal visibility into all processes for stable production and the efficient use of raw materials and energy. The package also includes ABB Ability Knowledge Manager and ABB Ability Expert Optimizer which are integrated with the DCS, as well as basic communication and electrical system infrastructure and equipment.


ABB Ability Expert Optimizer leverages advanced process control technologies to manage critical plant components, including kiln, alternative fuels, mills, and blending. It constantly pushes plant constraints to maximize yield and throughput whilst minimizing operating costs such as fuel and electricity. ABB Ability Knowledge Manager is a digital solution which provides visualization of plant data for increased efficiency. It processes a large amount of data to provide operators with the right information at the right time via web and mobile interfaces.

The new digital solutions will ensure operational efficiency at the greenfield site, which is 250km south of Hanoi, with reliable electrical supply across the entire production process. Vietnam is regarded as one of the world’s top cement producers, with an output of approximately 100 million tonnes per year, and this new plant will contribute more than 2 million tonnes annually.

‘Tan Thang Cement is proud to complete this project with the support of ABB, their expertise and technology in the cement industry,’ said Hoang Anh Tuan, general director of Tan Thang Cement. ‘The plant has the latest digital solutions to become one of the most modern cement production plants in the region. This will help us reach our ambitious business and production goals.’

Nguyen Hoang Giang, division manager for process industries at ABB Vietnam, said: ‘This was a challenging project that was many years in development and we delivered the control system package within our customer’s time frame. We used remote support and provided all necessary training to ensure that the plant team could complete the commissioning accurately and safely.’

On the electrical side, ABB provided a 110kV air-insulated substation, with a SCADA system based on ABB Ability System 800xA for power control, as well as telecommunications and high-voltage primary and secondary equipment to support the electrical infrastructure. ABB also delivered power transformers, distribution transformers, an intelligent motor control centre, auxiliary control centre, emergency diesel generator, DC power supply, various field devices, and related commissioning services.


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