Emerson Wins $20.2 Million Contract to Digitally Automate Lithuania’s Largest Supercritical Gas- and Oil-Fired Power Station | Automation.com

Emerson Wins $20.2 Million Contract to Digitally Automate Lithuania’s Largest Supercritical Gas- and Oil-Fired Power Station

December 072005
PlantWeb® digital architecture with Ovation® expert control system to be installed at plant slated to supply 70 percent of Lithuania’s power by 2009

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 6, 2005) — Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, announced today that it has received a $20.2 million contract from AB Lietuvos Elektrine to modernize instrumentation and control systems at the power company’s Elektrenai facility, the Baltic country’s largest supercritical gas and oil-fired power station.

Emerson will install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with the Ovation® expert control system at three 300-MW supercritical units, which enable operation at elevated steam temperature and pressure, making electricity generation more efficient, while also reducing fuel-related emissions.

The Russian-designed plant in the Eastern European nation has eight power generation units overall with the capacity to generate 1,800 megawatts of electricity, but has been operating only as a reserve for the country’s Ignalina Nulcear Power Plant when demand peaks. Starting in 2009, however, when the Ignalina plant is scheduled to shut down, Elektrenai will play a major role by generating some 70 percent of the country’s power supply.

Emerson will retrofit the original control systems for the boilers and turbines, plus install new vibration monitoring equipment, instrumentation, valves, actuators, switchgear, and electrical protection to enable the plant to meet its increased performance expectations. The first unit is expected to be operational in 2006, with all units completed by 2008. The project will be implemented by Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions industry center.

“After the modernization, this plant will be the primary electricity supplier in Lithuania,” said Pranas Noreika, plant general manager. “We selected Emerson because of its proven, superior experience in advanced control solutions, relating to the commissioning and start up of supercritical units. Emerson demonstrated an understanding of our units, as well as extensive capabilities to execute such significant turnkey projects. With Emerson’s PlantWeb architecture, we expect operating and maintenance savings of up to 2 percent.”

PlantWeb architecture’s network of predictive intelligence detects problems even before they occur, enabling power generators to avoid unplanned outages and optimize plant performance. Emerson’s Ovation expert control system was designed specifically to meet the challenges of the power generation industry.

“Emerson is dedicated to helping customers control power generation processes, and increase plant efficiencies and megawatt production,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. “We look forward to applying Emerson’s proven PlantWeb digital automation solution at the Elektrenai plant for the safe, efficient and reliable generation of electricity for Lithuania.”

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com),an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com), is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb®, Ovation®; SmartProcess®; Fisher®; MicroMotion®; Rosemount®; Mobrey®, Daniel®, DeltaVTM; and AMSTM Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion. For more information, visit www.GoToEmerson.com.
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