News | July 21, 2010

Emerson To Retrofit Plant And Turbine Controls At Korea South East Power Company's (KOSEP) Samcheonpo Thermal Power Plant

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Emerson Process Management has won a contract to apply its PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture with Ovation™ expert control system at units 3 and 4 of the Samcheonpo thermal power plant, located in South Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. The six-unit, 3,240-MW plant is owned by Korea South East Power Company (KOSEP), a major player in the Korean market. The company's power plants currently generate 7,334 MW of electricity – more than 10 percent of the country's electric generating capacity.

In order to extend the service life of these units, the contract calls for replacement of outdated controls at Samcheonpo units 3 and 4 (2 X 560 MW) with Emerson's Ovation expert control system. The Ovation system, which was designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of the power generation industry, will monitor and control each unit's Combustion Engineering boiler, GE turbine and balance-of-plant processes. Unifying boiler and turbine operations translates into a number of significant benefits, including improved unit stability, responsiveness and thermal efficiencies; tighter overall control of plant operations; and a more concise view of key plant and turbine parameters. In all, Emerson will install 17 Ovation controllers and 52 workstations that will manage a total of approximately 21,300 I/O points.

In addition, Emerson's comprehensive solution for Samcheonpo units 3 and 4 includes Rosemount™ instrumentation, including eight pressure transmitters and 24 differential pressure-type level transmitters, as well as vibration monitoring and protection system equipment, coal feeder controls, soot-blower optimization and a boiler tube leak detection system. Emerson will also remodel a central control room that will enable plant operators to efficiently monitor both units from one location. Equipment delivery for Unit 3 is slated for September 2010, just six months after contract award. Commercial operation for Unit 3 is expected in December 2010; Unit 4 is scheduled to return to service in March 2011.

Emerson and KOSEP have had a long, successful relationship in the power generation industry; Emerson's technologies are already in use or being installed at numerous KOSEP plants, including Samcheonpo units 1 and 2. In fact, shortly after finalizing the contract to modernize controls at Samcheonpo units 3 and 4, the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the modernization of existing power plants and the construction of new plants in Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

"Emerson offered us not only a comprehensive and integrated control solution, but also the engineering and support capabilities necessary to complete this major retrofit project on an accelerated schedule," said Son Kwang-Sig, general manager, Power Generation Management Team, KOSEP. "The equipment and controls modernization of Samcheonpo units 3 and 4 will not only help us to greatly extend the life of these units, but also ensure that they operate at optimal efficiency and reliability."

"We are gratified by KOSEP's ongoing confidence in Emerson's people and technologies," said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. "We are confident that implementation of our PlantWeb technologies, along with boiler-turbine unit coordinated control, will translate into ongoing O&M savings and operational efficiencies at the Samcheonpo thermal power plant."

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. Its Pittsburgh-based Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com) is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems, and a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. These systems and solutions play 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™, Scenario™, SmartProcess™, SureService™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher™, Micro Motion™, Rosemount™, Daniel™, and AMS Suite. For more information visit www.emersonprocess.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9B. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

SOURCE: Emerson Process Management, Power & Water Solutions