Aberthaw Fuel Oil control system replacement
24 Jul 2009
Aberthaw Power Station located in South Wales is a 1500MW coal fired power station and owned and operated by RWE npower, part of the RWE Group.
In addition to coal, which is the main fuel used by the plant, Aberthaw use a small quantity of fuel oil for the start up and stabilisation of the boiler combustion process.
Fuel oil requires not only special storage techniques but also specific delivery techniques to the boiler plant, and this is carefully controlled by a dedicated control system.
RWE have placed a contract with Capula to replace the legacy control system with a new and modern process control system. The system will comprise of a Rockwell-based PLC system, with communication links to the Advanced Process Management System (APMS) control room operator display. The project, set for completion by the end of 2009, also involves the replacement and upgrade of a number of field-based sensors and actuators, and this work along with the modern control system will enable more accurate control of the fuel oil temperature and flow to the boilers.
“This follows on swiftly from our being awarded the contract to upgrade the control system at Aberthaw's Materials Handling plant,” said Business Development Director Simon Coombs, “And we're rightly proud that our track record of delivering quality work on time and to specification made Capula a natural choice for the project.”
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