TVA begins $110M digital transformation with Emerson work at Magnolia gas-fired plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority has selected Emerson to digitally modernize its combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) Magnolia power plant in Mississippi.

The Magnolia digital transformation project is part of TVA’s five year, $110-million investment to upgrade the technologies across its power generating fleet. Emerson’s software and technologies will support TVA’s efforts to digitally transform the Mississippi plant through advanced operations, enhanced cybersecurity and digital twin-enabled training.

Emerson will replace existing systems at the combined-cycle plant with its Ovation™ automation system and software. Digital twin technologies will provide advanced training to operators, enabling them to respond quickly and safely to power generation demands. Robust cybersecurity technologies are integral to Emerson’s comprehensive solution that is designed to enhance and secure operations at the Magnolia facility.

“These upgrades are part of a larger long-term asset strategy to maintain our existing fleet in such a way that we can depend on their operation for years to come,” said Allen Clare, TVA vice president for gas & hydro operations.

Emerson and TVA are using virtual technologies in place of face-to-face interaction to keep the project moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TVA is committed to digitally transforming its fleet so it can provide more reliable and cleaner electricity to its customers,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water business. “Our technologies have allowed us to keep this critical project on schedule and prioritize the safety of communities and operations.”

The Magnolia project is expected to be completed in 2022. TVA provides power to most of Tennessee and portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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Emerson and digital transformation will be front and center in next week’s sessions of the POWERGEN+ virtual webcast events. The sessions on cybersecurity, data science and O&M will be Monday and Tuesday. Other presenters will include AES, American Electric Power, Avista, Florida Municipal Power Agency, North American Electric Reliability Corp., Siemens, VTScada by Trihedral, XTec and more. Registration is free.

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