Marsa, Malta --- (METERING.COM) --- August 12, 2009 - The order for a network management system that will help monitor and control Malta’s electricity supply network and provide a foundation for the evolution of a smart grid has been awarded to power and automation technology group ABB.

ABB will implement an integrated Network Manager SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) solution to monitor and control the power stations and substations on the island of Malta. The project scope includes design, engineering, installation, commissioning and a three-year service agreement.

The Network Manager SCADA system will enable better supervision and control of the Maltese electrical power supply system in order to maintain a reliable supply of power under varying operational conditions. It includes features for optimal load shedding at peak loads and quick restoration of power in case of outages. Other benefits include operational flexibility, data archiving and a reduction in losses. The system will provide a good platform for smart grid operation and for managing future interconnections in the Mediterranean region.

The project will be executed by IBM and ABB for Enemalta Corporation, an integrated government utility offering a broad range of energy services to the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors and responsible for the operation of the power generation, transmission and distribution network in Malta.