Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

World's largest modernization project for power plant I&C in South Africa

03.07.2006
Siemens Power Generation (PG) has started work on the world's largest modernization project for I&C systems at the Kriel coal-fired power plant in South Africa. SPPA-T3000 is the world's first fourth-generation I&C system to be implemented; this technology permits even more economical operation of power plants. The customer is the South African electric power utility Eskom, Johannesburg. This contract includes not only modernization of the I&C systems, but rather also installation of a new central control room and construction of a simulator for training operating personnel. The value of this contract amounts to some EUR43 million.

The Kriel power plant has a "sixpack configuration" comprising six units and a capacity of 3.000 megawatts; it is one of the largest plants in South Africa. Complete replacement of the I&C systems will extend the service life of this plant, built nearly 30 years ago, by another 20 years. Work on the first unit has already commenced and will be completed after about 100 days. PG will require only 75 days for modernization of each of the other five units. Modernization of the first unit will be completed in early 2007.

This Siemens I&C technology is designed especially for power plant applications, that is, closed- and open-loop control of power plants and turbines on a common I&C platform. Siemens I&C enables the operator to flexibly and precisely tailor the operating mode of these units to its needs. Installation of SPPA-T3000 I&C technology improves the availability and cost-effectiveness of the overall power plant.

Key factors on which the decision on this contract hinged were the technical and economic advantages the Siemens solution offers, but also the confidence in the performance capability of Siemens.

"Safety and reliability are important to us. We were looking for a partner who can complete the project punctually and above all without safety or reliability problems," said Frenchie Collet-Serret, Project Manager at Eskom in charge of modernizing the Kriel plant.

"Modernization has been our specialty for years and with SPPA-T3000 technology we can upgrade each power plant to the state of the art, thereby ensuring optimum operation in the long term," added Karlheinz Springer, head of the I&C division at Siemens Power Generation. "In particular, comprehensive modernization of the 30-year-old BBC turbines with the latest Siemens technology will convincingly confirm this."

SPPA-T3000 is a "leading" process control system that was conceived especially for power plant and power generation management applications. In the power plant, it covers the spectrum from boiler and turbine I&C to open- and closed-loop control of all power plant process functions. In addition, it is predestined for company-wide fleet management. As the first truly web-based system, it achieves seamless integration into the existing IT landscape of the power company and is capable of providing real-time information for the most diverse range of users. Its unique Embedded Component Services technology simplifies operator tasks and maintenance. Its lean system architecture sustainably reduces the power plant life cycle costs.

The Power Generation Group (PG) of Siemens AG is one of the premier companies in the international power generation sector. In fiscal 2005 (which ended September 30), Siemens PG posted sales amounting to approximately EUR8.1 billion and received new orders totaling EUR11 billion. Group profit amounted to EUR951 million. On September 30, 2005, PG had a work force of approximately 33,500 worldwide.

Siemens AG
Corporate Communications
Press Office Power Generation
Alfons Benzinger
Tel. 49 9131/18-7034
Fax: 49 9131/18-7039
mailto:alfons.benzinger@siemens.com
Reference Number: PG 200607.053 e

Alfons Benzinger | Siemens AG
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Researchers take next step toward fusion energy
16.11.2017 | Texas A&M University

nachricht Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
16.11.2017 | SolarPACES

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Nanoparticles help with malaria diagnosis – new rapid test in development

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and subtropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen for a new test method to detect malaria parasites in blood. The idea of the research project “NanoFRET” is to develop a highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test so that patient treatment can begin as early as possible.

Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite. The most dangerous form of malaria is malaria tropica. Left untreated, it is fatal in most cases....

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Corporate coworking as a driver of innovation

22.11.2017 | Business and Finance

PPPL scientists deliver new high-resolution diagnostic to national laser facility

22.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Quantum optics allows us to abandon expensive lasers in spectroscopy

22.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>