Emerson’s Ovation® expert control system selected for largest power plant in Sri Lanka

Proven and cost-effective automation and control solution unifies boiler and turbine operations for operational benefits, helps support economic growth and environmental stewardship in capital city of Colombo 

PITTSBURGH (October 8, 2009) — Emerson Process Management announced today that it has won a contract to install its Ovation® expert control system at Unit 1 of the new Puttalam coal-fired power plant in Puttalam, Sri Lanka. The contract was awarded by the China National Machinery & Export Corporation (CMEC), which serves as a main contractor for international engineering projects. Ultimately, Puttalam will be a three-unit, 900-MW power plant, making it the largest power generating facility in Sri Lanka.  

The Ovation control system, a key component of Emerson’s PlantWeb® digital plant architecture, will monitor and control the boiler and turbine, both of which are supplied by Harbin Power Equipment Company Limited, flue gas desulphurization system, and balance of plant processes for Unit 1. The integrated Ovation solution will unify boiler and turbine operations, and in doing so, translate into a number of significant operational benefits. Fully coordinated boiler and turbine control not only enhances unit-wide compatibility, but also contributes to improved unit stability, responsiveness and thermal efficiencies; tighter overall control of plant operations; and a more streamlined view of key plant and turbine parameters. 

Emerson’s automation solution for Puttalam Unit 1 also includes its AMS® Suite predictive maintenance software, which will provide operators with data from HART intelligent field devices installed throughout the plant. For new plant construction, AMS Suite streamlines device configuration and commissioning, which contributes to more efficient plant startup.  AMS Suite also provides online 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. In total, the Ovation system – which also will include 9 workstations and 18 controllers – will manage more than 6,400 hard and soft I/O points. 

The Puttalam plant, the largest trade project since Sri Lanka and China established diplomatic relations, will ensure that the capital region has a reliable power supply that can keep pace with demand and, in doing so, contribute to economic growth and an improved standard of living for residents. The first of three 300-MW units is expected to be in commercial operation as soon as spring 2010, with the other two units expected to come on line in late 2010 or early 2011. 

“This marks Emerson’s first Ovation installation in Sri Lanka, so we are particularly gratified that CMEC turned to Emerson to support what will be the largest power plant in the country,” said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “Earning this contract underscores the proven performance and universal appeal of Ovation technology, as well as the global capabilities Emerson offers.”

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