Emerson Process Management has won an order from India’s largest power utility NTPC to provide automation technologies and expertise for two new 800 MW supercritical units at the Darlipali Super Thermal Power Station.

The new units at the plant in Odisha are intended to meet the energy needs of the region’s growing population. Commissioning of Unit 1 is expected in December 2017 with Unit 2 due to follow three months later.

Dr Amit Paithankar, managing director of EmerEmerson Process Managementson Process Management in India, said: “Supercritical technologies boost the efficiency of coal-based electricity generation while reducing carbon and other emissions, but the high temperatures and pressures involved make them more challenging to control.

“Our automation specialists have proven expertise and our Ovation control system is in more than 300 of these complex units worldwide. We welcome this opportunity to apply that experience to these important national assets.”

Emerson will engineer, install and commission Ovation systems to monitor and control each unit’s supercritical boiler and critical balance-of-plant processes and equipment.

Emerson will also provide its Rosemount Analytical online steam water analysis system and continuous emissions monitoring system, Rosemount pressure and level transmitters, and additional instrumentation.

Emerson previously worked with NTPC to automate units at the Sipat, Simhadri, and Tanda power stations and is currently carrying out projects at several other sites.