Alstom wins South African power plant control system order

Paris, February 23, 2010 – Alstom won a contract worth $122.6 million for the automation of Eskom’s latest thermal power plant project, Kusile.

Alstom Power will engineer, supply and install its latest ALSPA Series 6 Distributed Control System.

The contract, signed February 5, 2010, follows a similar order in November 2009 for Kusile’s sister plant, Medupi and forms part of Eskom’s multi-billion rand expansion program to double South Africa’s power generation capacity in the coming decades.

This program covers the building of new generation capacity (like Kusile and Medupi) and optimizing existing fleets (such as retrofitting nuclear power plants and coal-fired plants such as Koeberg and Arnot).

Alstom’s control system will help Eskom maximize its fleet’s efficiency and stabilize the system by enabling real-time information exchange between baseload and renewable power plants.

“Eskom is rising to the challenge of meeting South Africa’s growing power needs as the country continues to industrialize while simultaneously meeting the energy security challenges of the 21st century. Our integrated power control solutions will allow them to manage their assets more efficiently and with added flexibility,” said Laurent Demortier, Senior Vice President of Alstom Power’s Energy Management Business.

The ALSPA Series 6 DCS is designed to ensure consistent and safe control for all parts of a power plant. The system includes the critical controls for turbines, generators and balance of plant components. It also provides an advanced control and optimization application module.

Alstom has had a presence in South Africa for 100 years and its turbines generate 80 percent of the country’s installed capacity. Most recently, the companies have collaborated on an integrated retrofit project to increase the capacity of the Arnot power plant by more than 300 MW, and a retrofit of the Koeberg nuclear facility to increase the power output by over 65 MW, improve the availability and reliability of power supply and also extend the lifetime of the plant.

 

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