merson Process Management has won a $7.4 million contract to automate China's new Datang Ningde Power Plant. The company will use digital automation architecture to help the power plant optimize performance and reliability.
Owned by Datang International Power Generation Co. Ltd., Datang Ningde is the first large-scale coal-fired power plant to be built in China's Fujian Province. With four 600-megawatt units, the plant is expected to help alleviate the province's reliance on hydropower, which accounts for nearly half of the province's installed power generation capacity. Severe drought in recent years has caused power shortages, underscoring the need for an alternative power generation method.
Expected to be operational in 2006, Datang Ningde will be a supercritical plant, using new clean coal technology that enables operation at elevated steam temperature and pressure. Emerson's Power & Water Solutions Div. will coordinate and supervise the project that represents the first application of PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation control system and Foundation fieldbus technology in a supercritical plant in China.
"We are pleased to continue our relationship with Emerson and are eager to apply its advanced automation and control technologies to a project that is so important to this company and this region," said Liu Shuli, supervisor for Datang International Power Generation.