Lynemouth Power selects Emerson to convert to biomass
Jan. 19, 2017 - EPH Lynemouth Power has contracted Emerson to convert the 44-year-old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fuelled power plant.
When the conversion is complete in late 2017, the plant, near Newcastle in the United Kingdom, will be fuelled by approximately 1.4 million tonnes of wood waste per year, supplying the national grid with up to 390 MW of low-carbon electricity.
Emerson’s ability to deliver full-scope project execution will help streamline workflow, mitigate risk and reduce costs. Emerson will be responsible for demolition, engineering, installation, start-up, commissioning and coordination of work among multiple suppliers and contractors.
Emerson offers a single integrated automation platform for all applications – turbine, boiler, fuel handling and balance-of-plant processes, as well as electrical systems. This capability, along with the company’s project management expertise, were critical factors in EPH Lynemouth Power’s decision to select Emerson and its Ovation solution for this project.
“Relying on a single supplier and a single technology platform for both the automation and electrical scope provides our client a number of benefits,” said Bob Yeager, president, Power & Water, Emerson Automation Solutions. “From a planning perspective, having a single interface and contract for design, engineering and delivery improves overall project efficiency. On the operational side, utilising one technology platform will simplify plant operation and enhance plant performance on an ongoing basis.”
Biomass power plants are challenging to operate because the moisture content of biomass fuels can vary, having a negative impact on plant performance. Technology integrated into Emerson’s Ovation solution continuously monitors fuel for moisture content, adjusting combustion air as necessary to improve plant efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.
According to Yeager, the demand for biomass-fueled power continues to grow as utilities diversify their generating portfolio to meet evolving environmental mandates.
“We are helping the industry meet its targets by seamlessly bridging the automation and electrical aspects of these projects, resulting in a total solution that has a positive impact on the plant’s commercial and operational success,” Yeager said.
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