Paris, November 19, 2010 — Keppel Merlimau Cogen as well as Tuas Power Generation have both selected the Alstom ALSPA Series 6 integrated control system, including gas and steam turbines controls, and Monitoring and Diagnostic System, as part of their engineering, procurement and construction contracts, signed recently with Alstom Power.
The ALSPA system integrates common hardware on a single platform to help reduce maintenance, spare parts and training costs for the power plant operators.
The competitive nature of the power market in Singapore increasingly dictates the use of modern flexible control system architectures, combined with advanced decision support applications for optimizing power generation.
Alstom‘s ALSPA Series 6 power plant automation application provided to both the Keppel and Tuas power plants is a complete and powerful distributed control system that is particularly well adapted to combined cycle power plants requiring the highest availability and performance capabilities.
Based on high-end technologies and advanced control functions, together with the ALSPA Human Machine Interface and plant optimization software suite, the ALSPA DCS will enable KMC and TPG to operate in a flexible environment.
In addition, KMC also decided to include the ALSPA Series 6 plant simulator into their contract. This simulator is integrated with online plant management facilities to assist operators in making decisions about changing how a plant operates.
Depending on the scenario (e.g. considering fuel costs and power sales), running a what-if simulation can help an operator decide on whether to start, stop, increase or reduce load, or to plan/postpone a preventive maintenance outage, thus maximizing the plant’s full potential in a competitive power market such as Singapore.