Emerson to modernize 100 hydroelectric turbine generators in Ukraine

Aug. 5, 2010
World Bank-funded project to improve efficiency, boost output of plants for one of the world's largest hydroelectric power companies.

PITTSBURGH  — UkrHydroEnergo, the main hydroelectric generating company of Ukraine, has awarded Emerson Process Management a US$28 million contract for automation systems to manage and control 100 turbine generators in nine hydroelectric power plants.

The contract is part of UkrHydroEnergo's Hydropower Rehabilitation Project to upgrade and modernize the series of eight plants that were built between 1939 and 1975 and make up the Dnieper River energy cascade, plus the Dnestrovskaya hydroelectric power plant that was built in 1983 on the Dniester River watershed. Funding is being provided by a loan from the World Bank to the government of Ukraine.

With a total capacity of 4639 megawatts, the nine plants currently provide over 90 percent of Ukraine's hydroelectric generating capacity. Emerson's automation technology will help UkrHydroEnergo improve process control and enhance information access for these plants.Each of the nine UkrHydroEnergo hydroelectric plants will be monitored and controlled by an Ovation system, while Ovation supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology will integrate and communicate information from all 100 turbine generators so operators can transfer important data between generating sites and UkrHydroEnergo and national dispatch centers. Other Emerson technologies for this project include Rosemount measurement instrumentation, CSI vibration monitoring systems, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software.

Additionally, Emerson will provide automation design, supply, installation and related services through its local project team in Ukraine; its hydroelectric power automation experts in Warsaw, Poland, and St. Petersburg, Russia; and its engineering center in Chelyabinsk, Russia.