Emerson to install Ovation control system at UK’s Barking power plant

26 February 2009 – Emerson Process Management has been selected to replace outdated operator interface stations at the Barking Power generating facility in London, UK.

Barking Power Station is one of the largest, independently-owned generating plants in the UK, capable of generating 1000 MW of electricity — about two per cent of the peak electricity demand in England and Wales.

The station was constructed between 1992 and 1995 and was the first major generating station in the capital for many years.

Under the contract, Emerson will replace the ABB Bailey Operator Interface Stations that are connected to the existing Bailey INFI 90 system. The Ovation expert control system will interface directly or via OPC to the existing proprietary controllers and other third-party products.

This will provide Barking Power with freedom of choice for future automation upgrades as they will be able to easily integrate other systems and software, enabling tighter control and improved reliability, availability and efficiency.

Emerson will supply an Ovation system with operator workstations and data historian software, as well as perform installation and commissioning services, including graphics and database conversions. The contract also includes Emerson’s SureService customer support.

SureService is a programme that offers an array of support services designed to help companies achieve their business objectives, reduce or contain operating and maintenance costs, and keep systems running at peak performance.