Emerson and Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Form Alliance for Turbine Retrofit Projects

Jan. 8, 2009
Alliance Leverages Emerson’s Expertise in Power-Plant Automation and MPSA’s Experience in Turbine Design and Service

Emerson Process Management and Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPSA) have formed an alliance, which combines Emerson’s expertise in power plant automation and control with Mitsubishi’s experience in gas and steam turbine design and service. The new alliance applies to North American and Latin American turbine retrofit projects supporting W251, W501D5, W501D5A and W501F gas turbines, as well as all models of Westinghouse technology steam turbines. MPSA was involved in the design and development of the Westinghouse technology since the 1970s and continues to support and modernize the original Westinghouse technology platform.

“Leveraging the respective strengths of Emerson and MPSA results in a complete turbine solution, giving power generators an OEM alternative for gas and steam turbine retrofits and long-term service and support,” says Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “Together, these companies can offer customers a level of turbine reliability, durability and operability that they don’t always get.”

Emerson’s Ovation expert control system, which was designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of the power generation industry, offers features including fully coordinated boiler-turbine control, automated startup and shutdown sequencing, specialty turbine interface cards, built-in security features and embedded advanced control applications that can improve plant reliability and efficiency. Ovation is designed to provide a clear window into the turbine control logic, eliminating the need for a third party to unlock the black box.

Emerson and MPSA have already collaborated on a number of turbine retrofit projects. These include performing mechanical upgrades and installing Ovation controls at the Termocandelaria power plant in Cartagena, Colombia, and for the San Juan Repowering Project in Puerto Rico.