Emerson Wins $6.4 Million Contract to Modernize Spain's Largest Fossil-Fuel Power Plant

  • May 27, 2004
  • Emerson Automation Solutions
  • News
As Pontes power plant integrates control of all main plant equipment with installation of PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with Ovation® SystemPITTSBURGH (May 26, 2004)— Emerson Process Management announced today that it has won a $6.4 million contract to modernize ENDESA's As Pontes power plant, the largest fossil-fuel power plant in Spain. Emerson will engineer, install and commission the plant's new automation system, anchored by Emerson’s PlantWeb® digital plant architecture. ENDESA is extending the plant’s life by modifying its boiler to burn low-sulfur imported coal, and installing a state-of-the-art control system. The plant previously had been fueled by lignite from a nearby mine. "Emerson long has been a valuable partner, providing ENDESA with superior control systems and service at our plants throughout Spain," said Luis Fernandez Sabugal, director, As Pontes power plant in Galicia. "So when the time came for such an important project, we went with a trusted control solution." "Our relationship with ENDESA spans more than 50 years," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "We believe this is a testament to the superior capabilities and value of our technology as well as the expertise and dedication of our people.” Emerson's Power & Water Solutions industry center will coordinate and supervise the project, which will include installation of Emerson Ovation® expert control system to control the boiler, steam turbine, feedwater turbine, BMS/BPS and auxiliaries at the As Pontes plant. Emerson’s contract includes the engineering, hardware, software, factory acceptance testing, installation ­ – which will be implemented on a per unit basis (one per year) while the plant remains online – and start-up. At Unit 1, Emerson will install eight Ovation redundant controllers with local and remote I/O, six dual CRT operator consoles, one engineering/database server and one eDB historian. The network will receive information from several existing PLCs via seven serial links. In all, the Ovation system will manage 7,000 total I/O points and 560 datalinked points. The Ovation system will be enhanced by Emerson’s AMS™ Suite of software applications for predictive maintenance, performance monitoring, and economic optimization. AMS™ Suite captures and analyzes information about mechanical equipment, electrical systems, process equipment, instruments and valves. This window into plant assets translates into improved plant availability and process stability with decreased maintenance costs. Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions team will work closely with ENDESA’s team at the site to gather existing information to generate the database, discuss and agree on control strategies, and develop the 80 graphics that will be the base for the operation of the four units. PlantWeb digital plant architecture is an automated solution that delivers asset management, process control and management execution through intelligent field devices and critical plant assets, standards and scalable platforms, and integrated modular software. Throughout the plant, control and monitoring of the process is performed by intelligent field devices including Rosemount® pressure, flow, temperature and analytical instruments. The field devices deliver predictive diagnostic information to AMS Device Manager software within the Ovation system. The Ovation expert control system with AMS Suite gives users higher levels of plant availability, reliability and environmental compliance. From basic control and monitoring to plant-wide integration, Ovation offers seamless communication with the intelligent field devices and other critical plant assets using AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to deliver the power of predictive intelligence. Embedded advanced control applications, tailored to meet the challenges of electricity generation, ensure full optimization of critical processes. Built using the latest commercially available hardware platforms, operating systems and network architectures, only the Ovation expert control system stays new in the face of rapidly advancing computing technology. About Emerson Process ManagementEmerson 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), formerly Westinghouse Process Control, 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®; Daniel®; DeltaV™ ; and AMS™ Suite.About EmersonSt. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2003 were $14 billion.

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