Common control platform for Avantha Power BOP system

03 May 2011

Avantha Power has selected Rockwell Automation as its automation provider for the utility’s balance of plant (BOP) applications for the next three years, which will allow the company to adopt a common control platform for its entire BOP system, with the aim of improving plantwide optimisation and reducing lifecycle costs.

Randy Selesky, director, Power and Energy at Rockwell Automation explains: “Avantha Power is aiming to achieve an installed capacity close to 4000MW of power in the next five years, so uptime and reliability are key goals. By standardising its BOP systems on a single, open control platform that is field-proven, it will enjoy the reduced maintenance time that comes with improved system flexibility.”

The Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system will monitor and control up to nine BOP applications, including coal handling, ash handling, mill reject, water treatment and fire protection systems, at the company’s two coal-based thermal power projects, each consisting of two 600MW units being set up at Raigarh, Chattisgarh and Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.

“The Integrated Architecture system can be easily replicated in both facilities, reducing our engineering time significantly,” said Janmejaya Mahapatra, head of instrumentation and control at Avantha Power. “We only need to train our operators on one control system for all of our BOP applications. In addition, the system can be managed from a single, central location using one standard EtherNet/IP network to ease dataflow throughout the facility for improved troubleshooting and reduced downtime.”

“Leveraging an integrated BOP solution rather than traditional non-integrated islands of automation is an innovative trend in the Indian power generation industry,” said Partha Bhaumik, Power Industry Manager, Rockwell Automation India. “Avantha Power’s use of an integrated BOP control strategy helps them achieve faster plant start-up and operational flexibility.”

“The two greenfield electric power plant projects will begin power production over an 18-month period, beginning in March 2012. “The overall reduction in system complexity with a Rockwell Automation system helps make our aggressive timeline achievable,” said Mahapatra.

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