Emerson to modernize power plant in Georgia

The company will upgrade the plant’s controls software.

The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) has selected Emerson to modernize and optimize operations at its Wansley Unit 9 combined cycle power plant. Emerson’s Ovation software and technologies will help to digitally transform the Georgia plant through more flexible operations, improved process efficiency and enhanced cybersecurity.

The 500 MW Wansley natural gas-fueled power station is an essential part of MEAG Power’s diverse generation portfolio – delivering 69% emissions-free power – but obsolete generation controls have impacted the plant’s availability and financial performance.

“Natural gas generation is a crucial part of our diverse energy mix that will play a meaningful role as we transition to a higher percentage of non-emitting generation,” said Steve Jackson, MEAG Power’s senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Modernizing the Wansley Unit 9 combined cycle plant with Emerson’s proven, advanced Ovation automation platform will enable us to continue providing reliable and competitively priced power to our 49 Participant communities, ensuring long-term success.”

As part of the contract, Emerson will replace the legacy balance-of-plant, steam turbine controls, gas turbine controls, as well as the generator excitation and burner management and vibration monitoring systems at Wansley Unit 9 with a unified Ovation automation platform. The Wansley Unit 9 modernization project is expected to be completed in 2022.