Monday 9 May 2011

Thermal power for India!

Yokogawa Electric Korea has won an order from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction to supply the control systems for a supercritical pressure coal-fired power plant that is being built in Raipur (India), for GMR Chhattisgarh Energy, a major Indian electric power company. This control system order from a Korean plant construction company follows an order last year for the Marafiq thermal power plant in Saudi Arabia.

The Raipur supercritical pressure coal-fired power plant will have a total output of 1370 MW (two 685 MW units), and the first unit is scheduled to start operation in July 2013. The boilers in such thermal power plants require less thermal energy to evaporate water by bringing it above the critical pressure point (when gas starts to liquefy). In addition to using less coal, this reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Yokogawa will provide the CENTUM(R) VP series integrated production control system for the power plant's boilers, turbines, and auxiliary facilities; the ProSafe(R)-RS safety instrumented system for detecting abnormal conditions and safely initiating emergency shutdowns; the PRM(R) integrated device management software package for monitoring and online diagnosis of plant equipment; the Exaquantum(R) plant information management system; and engineering and installation services. In addition, Yokogawa will supply a plant operation training simulator that is being used in many plants, including the Yonghung power plant in South Korea.

Yokogawa was able to win this order by demonstrating the excellent engineering capabilities of Yokogawa Electric Korea coupled with the company's extensive track record in providing control systems for large-scale power plants in India.

In recent years, Korean plant construction companies have been actively expanding their business in the electric power market, focusing on emerging countries. In 2008 Yokogawa set up an organisation within Yokogawa Electric Korea that has been promoting the marketing of Yokogawa's products and services to the power plant sector. By expanding its sales to South Korean plant construction companies, Yokogawa aims to boost its power plant control business in emerging countries.

Doosan Heavy Industries & Constructions Co., Ltd. is a major South Korean heavy electric machinery and plant construction company that was established in 1962.

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