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IPS signs multi-million dollar DCS deal with Chinese power plant giant

Software and consulting firm Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has signed a US multi-million dollar deal with Shandong No. 3 Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO III) of China, a major Chinese contractor in power plant construction.

Through the deal, IPS will implement its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system (DCS) technology for a 3,300-megawatt generating station being built in Kutch district, Gujarat state, India.

Under the terms of the contract, IPS will provide I/A Series automation hardware and software, as well as a range of installation, engineering, training and field services. The systems will be used to control the new plant’s boilers, turbines and generators, using IPS Performance Plus coordinated control system technology, which the company says is well-proven in power plants worldwide.

Subsystem applications will include a data acquisition system, a furnace safety supervisory system, a boiler and turbine sequence control system, a turbine digital electro-hydraulic control system, a feed water pump mechanical electro-hydraulic control system, and electric control systems.

“IPS has provided complete DCS services to SEPCOIII for more than 20 generation units, and we are pleased to be their trusted solutions partner as they continue their global expansion,” said IPS China sales director, Siemson Yang.

“After a stringent process, IPS was selected because of our reliability and superior products. SEPCOIII was impressed with our portfolio of integrated capabilities, our excellent record of delivery worldwide and our commitment to creating unprecedented value and returns.”

The Gujarat power plant is part of the ‘Power for All’ initiative, an aggressive Indian government plan to sustain economic growth with significant additions of power generation capacity in the next few years. It is one of the largest power plants under construction in India and represents a new generation of mega-sized power plants being built to help meet India’s bourgeoning demand.

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