Emerson installing control system at 300 MW combined cycle power plant

Pittsburgh, January 12, 2010 — Emerson Process Management will install its PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation expert control system at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Deer Creek Station.

This new 300-MW, combined cycle power plant, to be located near the town of White in southeastern South Dakota, is being built to help Basin Electric meet its members’ growing demand for power.

The plant will serve as an intermediate supply unit that will run about 12-16 hours a day, cycling to meet demand. The new plant will be operational in June 2012.

In addition to monitoring and controlling the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) and balance of plant processes, the Ovation control system will also interface to the plant’s GE gas turbine and Alstom steam turbine.

The Ovation system, designed to meet the specific challenges of the power generation industry, will manage about 2,500 process variable points at Deer Creek.

Also part of the PlantWeb digital automation solution for Deer Creek is Emerson’s AMSTM Suite predictive maintenance software. For new plant construction, AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager streamlines device configuration and commissioning, which contributes to more efficient plant startup.

AMS Device Manager also provides real-time access to instrument and valve process information, diagnostic status information, and automatic documentation of all field device maintenance information — all contributing to ongoing efficiency of plant operations and maintenance activities.

The comprehensive automation project will be engineered and installed by the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. Equipment delivery is slated for summer 2011.

 

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