US-based Emerson has won a contract to fit automation technology and services at Belcahatow coal-fired power plant in Poland, Europe’s largest thermal plant and the largest lignite-fired power plant in the world.

The $21m contract will enable Emerson to modernise and extend the life of the plant, which provides 20 per cent of Poland’s energy.

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Emerson Process Management (NYSE: EMR) will modernize control and monitoring systems and electrical systems on Unit 2 of the 13-unit, 5,354 MW plant.

Updating the 370-megawatt Unit 2 is part of a major reconstruction and modernization program to extend the life of the plant by boosting efficiency and reliability, reducing emissions, and enhancing its ability to meet demand from the national electrical grid.

Emerson will serve as both main automation contractor and main electrical contractor, responsible for updating the unit’s instrumentation, control and electrical subsystems.

This is the eleventh Belchatów unit that Emerson has been selected to help modernize. Units 3-8 are complete, and work on units 9-12 will continue through 2016. The Unit 2 overhaul will occur in 2016 with an expected return to service in 2017.

Emerson’s offer was chosen by PGE according to Polish public procurement law.

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