Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $21 million contract to modernize control and monitoring systems and electrical systems on Unit 2 of the Belchatów power plant in Poland.
Owned by PGE Górnictwo I Energetyka Konwencjonalna SA, the 13-unit, 5,354-megawatt Belchatów plant produces nearly 20% of the power generated in Poland. It is Europe’s largest thermal power plant and the largest lignite-fired plant in the world.
Updating the 370-megawatt Unit 2 is part of a major reconstruction and modernization program to extend the life of the plant by boosting efficiency and reliability, reducing emissions, and enhancing its ability to meet demand from the national electrical grid.
Emerson will serve as both main automation contractor and main electrical contractor, responsible for updating the unit’s instrumentation, control and electrical subsystems.
This is the eleventh Belchatów unit that Emerson has been selected to help modernize. Units 3-8 are complete, and work on units 9-12 will continue through 2016. The Unit 2 overhaul will occur in 2016 with an expected return to service in 2017.
Emerson’s offer was chosen by PGE according to Polish public procurement law.