Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, has announced it is to automate the 48MW Shehong Liushu hydropower project in China’s Sichuan province.

Being developed by Tuopai Power Development Co. Ltd. Shehong Lishu will consist of three 16MW units to help meet the growing energy needs of the Shehong region in southwest Sichuan. The first unit is expected to be operational in March 2016.

Emerson said it will provide its Ovation control and SCADA technology to manage hydropower operations at the project.

"The strong reputation of Emerson and its Ovation technology heavily influenced our decision," said Li Xianglin, instrument and control manager for Sichuan Tuopai Power Development. "We were especially impressed with Emerson’s experience applying its control and SCADA technology to hydropower units around the world."

Ovation technology will directly control primary plant equipment and processes, perform automatic voltage regulation, and manage information from the 24 spillways. Emerson will also supply its Rosemount pressure and level transmitters.

"For more than 20 years we’ve built upon our successful fossil-fuel foundation to develop automation strategies for alternative energy sources," said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson Process Management’s Power & Water Solutions. "Our industry and automation specialists look forward to working with Sichuan Tuopai Power Development as they deliver the benefits of clean, efficient hydropower to the region."