L3 MAPPS TO REPLACE NEW BRUNSWICK POWER'S POINT LEPREAU DCC COMPUTERS
Montréal, January 19, 2009 - L3 MAPPS has secured an order from New Brunswick (NB) Power Nuclear for new digital control computer (DCC) central processing units (CPUs) at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. In addition, L3 MAPPS will supply a new DCC test system based on the design of a unit that L3 MAPPS developed for the CANDU* Owners Group. DCC systems are used to monitor and control the major reactor and power plant functions at CANDU nuclear power plants.
"The Point Lepreau project is the first of the world's fleet of CANDU 6 reactors to undergo a refurbishment of this nature, and replacement of the DCC CPUs is necessary to operate the DCCs for the extended life of the plant," said Herb Thompson, technical specialist supervisor of computer design at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. "L3 MAPPS has been involved with Point Lepreau Generating Station operation activities since its inception, and we value their expertise in this field as we extend the life of the plant for another 25 to 30 years."
"L3 MAPPS is proud to play a key role in extending the operation of the Point Lepreau Generating Station," said Michael Chatlani, vice president, marketing & sales, L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. "With refurbishment and upgrade efforts planned or ongoing at several CANDU stations worldwide, we are committed to being a strategic supplier of DCC-related products, services and simulators."
Using SSCI-890 technology, L-3's DCC CPUs will replace four Varian 73 computer systems and related input/output and ancillary equipment currently in use at Point Lepreau. In addition to the test system, L3 MAPPS will provide spare parts, including circuit boards, power supplies and integrated circuits, to maintain the test system for five years. The products will be delivered to Point Lepreau toward the end of 2009.
The NB Power Group is a New Brunswick-based electricity generation company whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity in New Brunswick, Canada. The electricity is generated at 16 facilities and delivered to more than 370,000 direct and indirect customers within New Brunswick. In addition, the group exports electricity to New England, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. NB Power Nuclear operates and maintains a CANDU 6 reactor at the Point Lepreau Generating Station, which fulfills approximately 25 percent of New Brunswick's electrical energy requirements. Commissioned in 1983, the 635 MW unit was the first CANDU 6 reactor to begin commercial operation.
L3 MAPPS, a division of the L-3 Marine & Power Systems group, has over 25 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 35 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than three decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector.
To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s Web site at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2008 sales of $14.9 billion.
To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s Web site at www.L3T.com.
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* CANDU is an acronym for CANada Deuterium Uranium and is a registered trademark of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. The CANDU system is a design that uses deuterium oxide (heavy water) as the moderator and coolant, and natural uranium as fuel.
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