Emerson scoops $27 million contract

24 July 2007

Emerson Process Management will upgrade a Polish power plant in a deal worth $27 million (approximately €20 million or £13 million).

The US based company said by modernising generating units three and four, of the Belchatow plant, it will boost electrical grid stability for the country.

The plant, owned by BOT-Elektrownia Belchatow S.A., is the largest lignite-fired plant in Europe and the largest baseload plant in Poland. It consists of 12 units with a generating capacity of 4,400 MW, representing more than 12% of the total installed power provided by Polish power generators.

Emerson will serve as main automation contractor, performing broad engineering and management services that include the installation of PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation expert control system.

Boleslaw Cirkos, VP, strategy and development director of BOT-Elektrownia Belchatow S.A., said: “Emerson won the tender by understanding our technical requirements and time constraints in the best way, and demonstrated its extensive experience in executing similar turnkey projects in the power generation industry.”

The aggressive schedule of the project calls for Unit 3 to synchronise to the grid in October 2007, with Unit 4 expected to return to service one year later.

“Eastern Europe is an important market for Emerson, and so naturally we are honoured to be selected for such a high-profile project where so much is at stake,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management.

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