Missouri, United States — Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $28 million contract to control, protect and monitor 100 hydro units of the Dnipro hydroelectric complex for OJSC UkrHydroEnergo (UHE) – the main hydropower generating company of Ukraine.
The existing cascade of nine hydropower plants, with dams and reservoirs, has a total capacity of 4,590 megawatts. The hydro plants are located along a 1,000-kilometer stretch of the Dnipro River from Kiev to Nova Kahovska. The Emerson contract is part of a rehabilitation program of UHE’s hydro assets.
The first hydropower plant of this system was built in 1934, and the last project was completed in 1980.
This large modernization project will see Emerson serving as the primary automation contractor, responsible for control, protection and SCADA systems. Each of the nine UHE hydropower plants will be monitored and controlled by an Ovation control system.
Recently, Emerson Process Management installed its PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation expert control system at Unit 1 of the newly-commissioned Dnister pumped-storage hydropower plant in Ukraine. The plant will be one of the largest pumped-storage hydro projects in the world.