Emerson Process Management has formed of an alliance with Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MPSA) of Orlando, Fla. The alliance, which combines Emerson’s expertise in power plant automation and control with Mitsubishi’s experience in gas and steam turbine design and service, applies to North American and Latin American turbine retrofit projects supporting W251, W501D5, W501D5A, and W501F gas turbines, as well as all models of Westinghouse technology steam turbines. MPSA has knowledge about these turbines because they were involved in the design and development of the Westinghouse technology since the 1970s and continue to support and modernize the original Westinghouse technology platform.
Emerson’s Ovation expert control system, which was designed to meet the chllenges of the power generation industry, offers unique features. These include fully coordinated boiler-turbine control, automated startup and shutdown sequencing, specialty turbine interface cards, built-in security features, and embedded advanced control applications that can improve plant reliability and efficiency. With Ovation technology, power generators no longer need to rely on their existing supplier to support a proprietary control system. Ovation provides a window into the turbine control logic, eliminating the need for a third party to “unlock the black box.”
Emerson and MPSA have already collaborated on several turbine retrofit projects. These include performing mechanical upgrades and installing Ovation controls at the Termocandalaria power plant in Cartagena, Colombia, and for the San Juan Repowering Project in Puerto Rico.