Power Generation

Power Plant

Shifting demand and instability in global energy markets has persuaded many power generators to search for practical, cost-effective solutions for their power plant operations to meet rising demand and maintain complex plant equipment.

The Solution

From free standing power plants to on-site cogeneration facilities for industrial customers, the NovaTech D/3 DCS is trusted to manage and monitor critical power generation assets across the world. NovaTech power generation solutions help customers implement energy strategies to model output, demands, and rates, and thereby minimize energy costs and maximize natural resource usage. NovaTech D/3 solutions handle the most complex continuous digital and analog PID control algorithms, advanced safety interlock logic, SOP based startup-shutdown routines, boiler and burner management. By focusing on abnormal situation management, human reliability, and constant improvement, NovaTech’s certified engineering staff can design, build, simulate, commission, and help maintain any plant.

Recently called upon by Duke Energy, NovaTech was challenged to deliver a state-of-the-art process control system containing the latest safety and environmental monitoring features for an 800MW coal-fired power plant in Esquintla, Guatemala. Duke Energy required that components of the new plant be designed, in part, on the blueprint of a former plant operated by Duke Energy in the United States. This unique vision for the project required NovaTech engineers to re-imagine the design of the plant in order modernize its safety systems and allow for easy and timely cost-efficient upgrades. Secondly, existing equipment had to be re-purposed for the new plant, requiring new, modern graphics and visualization techniques to be implemented. Lastly, development of an intuitive training system that allows new operators to easily adapt to the new process control system was mandatory to ensure operator efficiency.

Beginning with the development of a simulation system, NovaTech created operations and training procedures on how to navigate the D/3 DCS for use in a coal-fired power plant. With the simulation in place, NovaTech assembled each piece of hardware to be installed in the new plant, and conducted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) before shipping the new control system to Guatemala.

Once in Guatemala, five redundant process controllers were brought online, and connected to plant equipment. After the process of communicating with and testing networks for all plant subsystems, NovaTech engineers brought the plant online in phases , ensuring the proper functionality of each area of the plant.

Through the duration of the project, NovaTech provided around-the-clock, on-site support until the turbines were started up, and the newly minted power plant became fully operational, with a highly trained operator corps behind the helm.

Related Processes and Experience

Control Room Operation Centers, Coal Storage & Inventory Management, Oil Storage & Inventory Management, Boiler Management & Control, Burner Management & Control, Turbine Generator Control, Electrical Power Monitoring & Metering, Substation Automation & Management, Energy & Asset Management

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