Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), was selected by Hyundai Engineering for Kenya Electricity Generating (KenGen) Company's two key geothermal plants in Olkaria. The control system will increase KenGen's total electricity generating capacity by 25 percent and help meet the country's increasing demand for energy.
Experion PKS will be used to integrate data from Olkaria's different operating systems and share that information with the plant's workforce. It will also be used to centralize control room strategies. The system will feature an integrated operator interface and incorporate physical security, emergency shutdown and fail-safe controls. Honeywell will also provide project management and engineering expertise.
Experion PKS will be implemented at KenGen's Olkaria I and IV power plants – each with a capacity of 140 megawatts. The project is the largest geothermal project in Kenya.
According to SH Keum, Hyundai Engineering's chief engineer on the project, Honeywell was selected for its robust technology and strong team of engineers who have been working with Hyundai Engineering to create and deliver a total solution that meets KenGen's requirements. "With the solution in place, the new power plants will be able to operate in a sustainable manner as they can increase production while consuming fewer raw materials, putting KenGen in a strong position for the future," said Keum.