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Yokogawa to Control Uruguay Combined Cycle Power Plant

February 17, 2014 - Yokogawa Electric received an order from Hyundai Engineering & Construction, a major engineering company in South Korea, to supply a control system for a combined cycle power plant that it is building for UTE in Punta del Tigre. This is the first combined cycle power plant in Uruguay and the order is Yokogawa’s first for a power plant in this country.

Uruguay depends largely on hydroelectric power. However, the amount of electricity that can be generated varies depending on seasonal weather-related factors, and the country must make up for shortfalls by importing electricity from neighboring countries. To increase the country’s power generation capacity, UTE has commissioned the construction of a highly efficient combined cycle power plant next to its existing thermal power plant in Punta del Tigre. The new plant is expected to come online in June 2015. With an installed capacity of 520 MW, it will be Uruguay’s largest thermal power plant.

For this project, Yokogawa will deliver a CENTUM VP integrated production control system for the monitoring and control of all plant facilities, including the gas turbines, exhaust-heat-recovery boilers, and steam turbines. The company will also supply an Exaquantum plant information management system and DPharp EJA/EJX differential pressure/pressure transmitters, and will be responsible for the engineering, installation, and commissioning of these products. In addition, it will provide operator training services.

The winning of this order to provide a control system and other solutions for this plant, which is expected to make a significant contribution in improving the supply of power throughout the country, can be attributed to the following:
- Yokogawa’s solid track record in the power industry, including the combined cycle power plant segment
- Our long-term relationship with Hyundai Engineering & Construction
- Our excellent customer support network in South America

Interest in combined cycle power plants has risen because they generate power more efficiently and emit fewer greenhouse gases than conventional thermal power plants that use only gas or steam turbines. In comparison to thermal power plants that use coal and other fuels, combined cycle power plants do not require large-scale onsite facilities, and can thus be built more quickly and at lower cost. For such reasons, power utilities all over the world are planning to construct plants of this type at sites that have ready access to natural gas.

About Yokogawa Corporation of America
Yokogawa Corporation of America is a leading provider of Industrial Automation and Test and Measurement solutions.  Combining superior technology with engineering, system integration, project management, and maintenance services, Yokogawa delivers field-proven operational efficiency, safety, and reliability.  Yokogawa Corporation of America is headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, and is the North American Division of Yokogawa Electric Corporation's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 4 regional project engineering centers.


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