Friday, March 16, 2012

Siemens Nets 2 Contracts to Upgrade Ga., Ky., and W. Va. Power Plants

In two separate orders, Siemens has been awarded contracts to update the automated control systems at nine power plants in three Southern states, including Georgia, Kentucky and West Virginia. While contract terms have not been released immediately, the new systems orders represent a significant revenue increase for the division of Siemens that netted $3.8 billion in revenue in 2010. Each of the five plants will receive Siemens T3000 power plant automation systems for the five Oglethorpe plants. The separate contract allows for four E3000 electrical systems for trial runs at four power houses along American Municipal Power’s Ohio River facilities. The five Oglethorpe plants are all located in Georgia, with the first plant to be updated being the Chattahoochee facility in November 2011. The remaining four facilities will be upgraded through March 2014. In total, the sites include 18 gas and steam turbines. The second order, with AMP, will result in new power plants containing 11 turbines at the four facilities, with a total capacity of 313 MW using hydroelectric power generation. “The OPC order is further evidence that our SPPA-T3000 control system with its easy handling, high performance and low life cycle cost, is increasingly becoming the control system of choice for power plants throughout the United States,” notes Joerg Holzapfel, General Manager of Siemens Energy’s U.S. Instrumentation & Electrical Business Unit. “Additionally, our ability to build, integrate, test and commission automation projects of the magnitude of the Ohio River project all under the same roof is a unique capability that is of great value to our customer base.” Enclosures for power plant controls:

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