Emerson to help EPH Lynemouth Power automate biomass-fueled power plant
19 January 2017
EPH Lynemouth Power has awarded Emerson a contract to help convert the 44-year-old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fueled power plant. As main automation contractor and main electrical contractor, Emerson is responsible for helping the project come online within budget and on time.
When the conversion is complete in late 2017, the plant, near Newcastle in the United Kingdom, will be fueled by approximately 1.4 million tons of wood waste per year, supplying the national grid with up to 390 megawatts of low-carbon electricity. The project supports Europe’s strategy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while boosting renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Emerson’s ability to deliver full-scope project execution will help streamline workflow, mitigate risk and reduce costs. Emerson’s local team of experts will incorporate project innovations that are key to its Project Certainty initiative in order to deliver the project on time and within budget. 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.
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.