Monday, June 16th, 2014 Reserve Now 1 PDH Credit applied for

Modernizing Steam-Generating Facilities
Control Room
(A Case Study in Reducing Hazards and Emissions, and Adding Improved Control Systems)

Winner of Emerson Process Management Innovation Award in 2013 - 59th Street Steam-Generating Facility

59th Street 1904
• Monday, June 16th Dinner Meeting - Con Edison, Inc. provides electric, gas, and steam services in the Metro New York area. Its steam operations comprise the nation’s largest district system, serving more than three million customers. There are 35 steam-generating plants in Manhattan, including a number of aged facilities. The subject of this presentation are the 74th Street and the 59th Street Stations that date from 1902 and 1904, respectively.

The drivers for modernizing such facilities include reducing emissions, better control of combustion, mitigating hazards, and updating aging technology overall. By adding natural gas, Con Edison will be able to comply with some environmental regulations that will go in effect this year, such as New York State’s NOx RACT (effective in July) and U.S. EPA MACT rules (effective last month). In addition to the environmental benefits, the switch to natural gas burning will offer fuel savings of approximating $280 million over five years. [Note: NOx = nitrogen oxides; RACT = Reasonably Available Control Technolgy; and MACT = Maximum Achievable Control Technology.]

This presentation will also examine the effect of new combustion controls technology, improvements in mitigating hazards in plant operations, and updating instrumentation to maximize boiler protection, combustion control, human-machine interfacing, and also providing state-of-the-art alarm systems. In addition, the engineering of distributed control and burner management systems will be discussed, as well as the project management of how the overall design and construction was planned and implemented.

In June, Con Edison’s Christopher Bentley (Senior Engineer) and Director of the local AIChE Section, will speak on this project, examining the engineering, instrumentation and control, process safety, regulatory, and project management aspects of these plant modernizations.

1 PDH Credit applied for NY Professional Engineers.

Speaker: Christopher Bentley, Senior Engineer at Con Edison, Inc.


Christopher Bentley has 14 years experience in the Utility Industry, dealing with boiler design, assessment and operation, which have required numerous studies of materials, water chemistry, combustion and emissions. During his five years with Con Edison, Chris have been active with the System’s New Source Review and Environmental Control committees to address recent NOx RACT, ICI (Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Boiler) and MACT regulation changes.

During this time, he has tested and tuned boilers in the Con Edison system to find the best operating parameters, or the best retrofit solutions. This work has led to several projects ranging from controls upgrades, to burner replacements and to the gas-addition project recently executed to bring a fuel switch to natural gas for the 59th and 74th Street stations

Chris was awarded his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, emphasizing Biochemistry, from Auburn University in June 2000. Prior to his present position with Con Edison, he performed condition assessment, equipment replacement and new boiler commissioning at foreign and domestic sites with Alstom Power from 2000-2002, project development work, as well as providing project management on station operations and maintenance and capital needs along with overseeing day-to-day operational changes while with Georgia Power Company from 2002 to 2009.

In addition to his industrial activities, Chris is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and serves as Director of the Metro New York Section.

5:30 - 7:30 pm (5:30-6:30 pm: Networking & Buffet Dinner; 6:30-7:30 pm: Presentation).

Venue: Pfizer Building, 219 East 42nd Street, New York NY. Enter via 235 East 42nd Street (Pfizer HQ building), to pick up your badge. You must be pre-registered to gain access to this meeting. Map.

Costs: for Networking, Buffet, and Presentation. Reserve Now.
• $25 for AIChE, Metro NY Members; • $35 for Non-Members / Guests;
PDH Credit: $10 additional (Please pay for PDH registration when you register via credit card.)
• $10 for Master’s or Graduate Students;
• free for all Undergraduate Students.
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If you are not a Member of this Section, you can apply the $10 additional amount paid as a Guest to a full Membership for 2014. Please notify Treasurer Joel Kirman that you wish to be a Member.
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