Yokogawa Electric Korea has received an order from Hyundai Engineering & Construction, a major engineering company in South Korea, to supply a control system for a combined cycle power plant that it is building for UTE in Punta del Tigre. UTE is known locally as La Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas. Uruguay’s national power company generates, transmits and distributes electricity across the country.

According to Yokogawa, this is the first combined cycle power plant in Uruguay, and the order is Yokogawa’s first for a power plant in this country. Plants of this type rely on gas and steam turbines to generate electricity. The exhaust heat from a gas turbine is used to generate steam, which is sent to a steam turbine to generate additional electricity.

Uruguay depends largely on hydroelectric power. However, the amount of electricity that can be generated varies depending on seasonal weather-related factors, and the country must make up for shortfalls by importing electricity from neighboring countries. To increase the country’s power generation capacity, UTE has commissioned the construction of a highly efficient combined cycle power plant next to its existing thermal power plant in Punta del Tigre. The new plant is expected to come online in June 2015 with an installed capacity of 520 MW.

For this project, Yokogawa will deliver a Centum VP integrated production control system for the monitoring and control of all plant facilities, including the gas turbines, exhaust-heat-recovery boilers and steam turbines. The company also will supply an Exaquantum plant information management system and DPharp EJA/EJX differential pressure/pressure transmitters. Yokogawa will be responsible for the engineering, installation and commissioning of these products, and the company will provide operator training services.