Emerson Process Management and JSC RusHydro to cooperate on automation for hydroelectric plants in Russia

Emerson services and technologies to help improve process management at the power stations of the country’s largest hydrogeneration company

PITTSBURGH (August 23, 2011) - Emerson Process Management and JSC RusHydro, the largest hydrogeneration company in Russia, have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for process automation projects that will improve the reliability and availability of RusHydro hydroelectric units. 

The agreement covers automation-related services as part of the reconstruction, modernization, and upgrade of RusHydro’s Volzhskaya, Saratovskaya, and Votkinskaya plants.  The two companies may also cooperate on modernization of control systems at hydroelectric plants in Dagestan, and on controls for future wind power plants.

Emerson offers a broad range of automation technologies to improve power plant performance, including its PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture with the Ovation™ expert control system and AMS Suite asset management software.  Its engineering, project management, installation, and startup services also help power-generating companies such as RusHydro obtain the full value of their automation investments.

“We are pleased to already be working with Emerson at our Volzhskaya, Saratovskaya and Votkinskaya plants,” said Rahmetulla Alzhanov, chief engineer and deputy chairman of RusHydro’s management board.  “And we expect that further work with this automation company will help us upgrade our generating capacities and improve process safety, reliability and operating efficiency."

“We appreciate the opportunity to cooperate with RusHydro on such important projects – especially on power plants using renewable energy sources such as hydropower and wind,” said Bob Sharp, president of Emerson Process Management Europe. “These plants are an excellent application of our solutions to provide effective control over critical power generation processes and also minimize costs."

Alexey Etkin, head of Emerson Process Management’s systems solutions in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Turkey, added, “The memorandum gives us the opportunity not only to respond to requests from RusHydro for technical solutions, but also to actively participate in the development of technical strategy based on innovative process automation solutions for power facilities.”

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