TaiPower Selects Invensys for Maanshan Power Station DCS Upgrade
The I/A Series systems replace obsolete analog systems installed when the plant was built, modernizing the control schemes and overcoming increased maintenance and spare parts problems. Based on a high-speed Ethernet system backbone, the I/A Series system will control the condensate, make-up water, feedwater heater, steam reheat, cooling tower and other balance-of-plant processes at the Maanshan facility. Further, Invensys Taiwan will re-engineer the existing training simulation systems for the Maanshan station. Maanshan Units 1 and 2 are pressurized water reactors, each with a net capacity of 963 megawatts.
In addition to implementing I/A Series process automation, Invensys Taiwan will work closely with the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, a Taiwan government-owned organization, to provide nuclear QA certification and re-licensing for Maashan. Invensys Taiwan will also work with Taipower's engineering, technical and operating personnel by providing a variety of services, including project management, engineering services, startup assistance and training programs.
The recent Invensys balance-of-plant controls contract with Taipower follows other Invensys projects for Taipower. Previously, Invensys won a significant order for upgraded I/A Series digital controls in Maashan's nuclear steam supply systems, which included feedwater control and associated control for the primary and secondary steam processes for each unit. These projects were completed in 2003. That same year Invensys Taiwan provided seismic switch controls for the safety system at Maanshan, and for the safety systems at two other Taipower nuclear generating stations, Chinshan and Kuo-Sheng. These projects were followed by a digital upgrade for the feedwater control system at the Kuo-Sheng station.
About Taiwan Power Company
Formally established in 1946, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) is entrusted with the development, generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric power in Taiwan. With a generating capacity of more than 33,000 MW, the state-owned utility serves nearly 11.1 million industrial, commercial, and residential customers. Taipower operates 72 power plants, of which three are nuclear. Taipower's nuclear plants supply approximately 20 percent of Taiwan's ever-growing electrical energy needs, particularly for industrial use. More information can be found at www.taipower.com.tw
Invensys Process Systems in the nuclear power industry
Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.
For the nuclear power generation industry, Invensys combines systems, engineering, and support capabilities to provide a cost-effective, full-scope solution for plant life extensions. With nearly five decades of nuclear industry experience worldwide, an advanced process control system from Foxboro, 1E certified safety systems from Triconex, and sophisticated simulation tools from SimSci-Esscor, Invensys brings together the expertise and resources to provide the industry's only fully integrated instrumentation and digital control upgrade solution.
The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with over 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.
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