Power plant upgrade

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has signed a contract to provide extensive automation upgrades to the Chvaletice power plant in the Czech Republic.

Under the terms of the agreement, IPS will upgrade the existing Foxboro I/A Series system to Version 8.4, allowing the existing mesh network to handle more multiple faults and providing highly intuitive design environments, more integrated input/output functionality and predictive maintenance/field device tool technologies, along with new performance applications.

"This contract is a result not only of the long-term commitment we have shown to Chvaletice, but also of the valuable services and solution we have delivered to them for more than a decade now," said Cestmir Simane, client sales executive, Czech Republic, IPS. "Our technology and industry expertise will enable Chvaletice to boost plant capacity and reduce operating costs to the benefit of their customers, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with them in the years ahead."

Situated in Polabi, about 20km west of Pardubice, construction on the plant began in 1973. Between 1996 and 1998, IPS carried out three contracts worth more than 200 million CZK (£6.7 million) on the plant's boiler control, turbine control and block protection systems. In 2006, the company completed an upgrade to an earlier version of I/A Series, following the original installation of Version 4 in 2000. Today the plant operates four 200MW units, giving it a total installed generating capacity of 800MW.

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