Invensys Acquires a Major Power Contract in Saudi Arabia

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Invensys Acquires a Major Power Contract in Saudi Arabia

Invensys, a global automation controls and process solutions Group has won a substantial contract from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to provide plant performance and monitoring solutions for use on one of the country's most critical power plants. The PP8 plant is based in Central Province and is one of two power stations that supply electricity to Riyadh. The plant is currently rated at 1850 MW and is expected to rise to 2330 MW after this expansion.The firm is at present controlled by four independent DCS systems.Among these two are from Invensys (Foxboro I/A).As part of the PP8 phase III expansion project, SEC has approved the plant?s expansion with the addition of four new gas turbines to increase capacity by 480 MW. The company was looking for a DCS that has the capability to control and monitor the new gas turbines, the overall balance of plant (BOP), and to provide a seamless interface with the existing DCS systems. Other challenges for the winning supplier are the need to provide the functionality requested by plant personnel, support delivery and set up with a strong local presence, and to meet the tight eight-month delivery demand.Invensys?s solution is a Foxboro I/A DCS, together with the Plant Performance Monitoring Solution and a Foxboro RTU SCD5200 that will interface with the load dispatch centre based 400 km from the main plant. Invensys is also to supply a Triconex system following a request from SEC for a valve shutdown safety system to be included in the project. ?PP8 operation, production and maintenance staff will have an open DCS system that handles the new functionality stipulated and be further reassured with life cycle support that guarantees no drop in spare part or technology support over time. Further, with Invensys currently establishing its office in Riyadh itself, the local support by Invensys qualified engineers is assured,? explained Nahidh Elshaer Power Director in Invensys, Saudi Arabia Ltd. .This is the first time in Saudi Arabia that GE Frame 7E gas turbines are to be monitored and controlled by an Invensys Foxboro I/A DCS. Project Name Invensys enters into contract with Saudi Electricity company for the plant expansion Location Saudi Arabia Commence - Completion - Estimated Investment - Capacity 2330MW Key Players Invensys

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