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Controls upgraded at largest heavy oil-fired power plant in Azerbaijan

16 December 2008

GE Energy has signed a US$3.7 million contract with China National Electric Equipment Corporation to supply control and protection systems for the largest heavy-oil-fired super-critical power plant in Azerbaijan, owned by Azerenerji Joint Stock Company. The plant control system will automatically control all processes in the power plant, using a network to interconnect sensors, controllers, operator terminals and actuators.

Controls upgraded at largest heavy oil-fired power plant in Azerbaijan
Controls upgraded at largest heavy oil-fired power plant in Azerbaijan

The existing Azerenerji super-critical plant will be retrofitted and upgraded by Chinese power engineering firms in an effort to help the growing economy. . In the first quarter of 2007, Azerbaijan's gross domestic product grew 41.7%. The project scope includes increasing the power output of eight LMZ K-300 steam turbines from 300MW to 330MW each.

GE Energy will supply its proven OC 4000 plant automation systems to control the entire power station, including digital hydraulic controls and emergency trip systems for the steam turbines, as well as a distributed control system for control, monitoring and protection of all of the plant's sub-systems. The GE OC 4000 systems will process more than 32,000 field data signals across the installation and will be delivered and commissioned beginning in the third quarter of 2008 through mid-2010.

Compared to the conventional, sub-boiler design, super-critical boilers provide higher efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and improved operational flexibility to power plant operators.


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