Metso’s automation to run GS E&C’s biomass plant

GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) has chosen Metso to supply automation for the Dangjin 4 Biomass Power Plant, currently under construction in Dangjin City, about 70km southwest of Seoul in South Korea. Once completed in 2015, the 105MW plant will be the largest of its kind in Asia.
GS E&C aims to enhance its competitiveness in the power market, increase its electricity capacity and produce more renewable energy with the new biomass power plant. The plant will be fuelled with a mix consisting of 80% palm kernel shells and 20% coal. Metso’s advanced automation applications make it possible to control even difficult fuel mixes with varying fuel ratios.
Metso’s delivery scope includes a Metso DNA automation system (DCS) for the whole power plant, including the CFB boiler, Balance of Plant and electric network. It also includes a Plant Performance Application and systems for thermal stress monitoring and vibration monitoring – all integrated into the control system. Commissioning of the new plant is planned for August 2015. The value of the order is not disclosed. This contract also marks Metso’s foray into South Korean energy market.