Emerson Automation Solutions has been awarded a contract by Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) Lynemouth Power Station in England to convert its coal power station to one that uses biomass.

In the contract, Emerson will serve as the main automation and electrical contractor that is responsible for ensuring the project will come online within a specified budget and time. The conversion is scheduled to be completed in the late part of 2017.

Basically, the company will be responsible for engineering, demolition, commissioning, engineering, work coordination, installation, and start-up. As such, it will offer a single integrated automation platform for all applications, including fuel handling, boiler functions, turbine functions, electrical systems, and balance-of-plant processes.

Explaining how his company works for the project, president of power and water at Emerson, Bob Yeager, said:

“Relying on a single supplier and a single technology platform for both the automation and electrical scope provides our client a number of benefits. From a planning perspective, having a single interface and contract for design, engineering, and delivery improves overall project efficiency. On the operational side, utilizing one technology platform will simplify plant operation and enhance plant performance on an ongoing basis.”

The resulting biomass plant, which will be fueled by approximately 1.27 million tons of wood waste each year, will supply up to 390 megawatts of low-carbon electricity to the UK’s national grid. It will also support Europe’s strategy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, boosting energy efficiency, and developing renewable energy.