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Emerson to automate two coal-fired power plants in South Korea

November 13, 2013 — Emerson Process Management will install its Ovation control system at two 1,050-megawatt, ultra-supercritical, coal-fired power generating units under construction at the Taean thermal power plant in South Korea. With this latest project, Ovation technology will be installed at five of South Korea’s six largest coal-fired power plants.

Ovation technology has already been selected for more than half of the 1,000-megawatt, ultra-supercritical units in Asia. Although more challenging to control because of the high temperatures and pressures involved, ultra-supercritical technologies can boost the efficiency of coal-based electricity generation by approximately 40 percent while reducing carbon and other emissions.

Expected to come online in 2016, the new units will provide electricity required to support the growth of Asia’s fourth-largest economy. The $11 million contract was awarded by Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd., one of South Korea’s largest construction firms and the primary contractor for the Taean plant. The two new units will boost the plant’s capacity to 6,100 megawatts, making the 10-unit power-generating facility the largest in the country.

“We were impressed by Emerson’s experience automating large, ultra-supercritical units,” said Y.S Park, instrumentation and control senior lead engineer at Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. “Based on Emerson’s expertise and its ample resources in this region, we are confident the Ovation automation solution will help us meet the Taean plant’s project and operational requirements.”    

At each of the two new units, the Ovation system will monitor and control all major plant components, including the BHK boiler and Hitachi turbine. The system’s ability to unify boiler and turbine operations was an important consideration in Daelim’s selection of Emerson because tight control of boilers, turbines and balance-of-plant processes helps ensure more reliable and efficient plant operation.

Emerson will also supply process-optimization technologies and a high-fidelity simulator for testing and training.

“Whether measured in megawatts or units, Emerson is a leader in automating large, ultra-supercritical units like those at Taean,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “We are pleased that our technology, support and services will help meet the region’s growing demand for electricity.”

The Taean plant, owned by Korea Western Power Co. Ltd., is located roughly 60 miles southwest of Seoul. 

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, 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, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb, Ovation, SmartProcess, SureService, Syncade, DeltaV, Fisher, Bettis, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel, and AMS Suite.

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