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Controls upgrade at California cogen

Watson Cogeneration Co., a joint venture between Edison Mission Energy and BP located in Los Angeles has recently received a US$1.6 million controls upgrade from GE Energy.

The upgrade to the facility, which provides power and steam to BP’s Carson Refinery, is the largest cogeneration facility in the western United States. Watson’s primary product is steam for the refinery, but it also produces electricity for both refinery operations and the Southern California electricity grid.

Under the scope of the contract GE Energy swapped the original systems controlling four GE Frame 7EA industrial gas turbines, to Mark VIe technology.

‘The advanced diagnostic and troubleshooting tools of Mark VIe technology allows Watson to quickly diagnose problems with the controls, field devices and turbine,’ said Brian Palmer, vice president of GE Energy’s optimization and control business.