GE Upgrades Power Plant Control Systems
Cinergy Corp. of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. has awarded GE Energy a contract for a gas turbine controls upgrade package. The package was designed to centralize control and improve the performance of three LM6000PA uprate gas turbines at Cinergy’s Henry County Generating Station in New Castle, Indiana, U.S.A. The 135 MW gas-fired electric peaking generation station first went online in 2001.
The two companies developed a custom software controls upgrade that included the latest fuel core software, a 10-minute fast-start to full load capability, automatic generator synchronization, automatic generator loading, remote generator load control, and trouble shooting enhancements for the LM6000PA uprated units. The improved performance provided by the upgrades is guaranteed contractually. The upgrade also provided a PC-based central Human Machine Interface (HMI) to monitor and control all three turbines from a single Wonderware 7.1 interface. Previously, each LM6000 was controlled by its own HMI.