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L3 MAPPS TO PROVIDE SECOND SIMULATOR FOR ESKOM’S KOEBERG STATION

Montréal, December 7, 2009 – L3 MAPPS has received an order from Eskom Holdings Limited for a second full scope training simulator. Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, with AREVA-designed pressurized water reactors, will add a second simulator for developing new operations personnel and for continued training for existing operations personnel. The second simulator will be housed in a new training building, currently under development.

L3 MAPPS, with subcontractor Mechtronix Systems Inc., will develop main control room (MCR) panels that are a replica of the existing Koeberg simulator MCR panels. The new simulator will be equipped with the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750 using a fieldbus-independent design that features finely modular components. The I/O system is optimized for process-oriented communication and is a scalable-performance solution for high integration density.

“In addition to supplying us robust technology, we have continued to receive reliable service from L3 MAPPS despite the long distance between South Africa and Canada,” said Willem van der Sandt, project manager, Eskom Generation. “We are optimistic that the L-3 team will again deliver a great simulator to Eskom.”

“L3 MAPPS is pleased to collaborate again with Eskom to enhance the nuclear plant training infrastructure in South Africa,” said Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “With this project, the L3 MAPPS team will pursue – and achieve – yet another high-quality technical solution for our esteemed customer.”

The simulator duplication project will be rolled out in two phases during which the current simulation will be migrated to a full L3 MAPPS simulation environment. The first phase will consist of developing the second full scope simulator MCR and I/O system, while the second phase (retrofit phase) will see the existing training simulator upgraded to more closely resemble the new simulator. In the retrofit phase, the existing simulator’s I/O system will also be replaced by the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750, while certain key panel instruments, including the control rod position indicators and the synchroscope, will be replaced by more modern equipment. These upgrades will enable Eskom to use a single software configuration on both training platforms, simplifying the configuration management task.

This project follows another order awarded to L3 MAPPS by Eskom to significantly refurbish the existing Koeberg operator training simulator. Featuring L3 MAPPS’ Orchid® Modeling Environment, the upgrade will provide improved fidelity and performance of the simulator. The refurbished simulator is slated to be operational in March 2010 followed by a subsequent upgrade, with the entire simulator operating L3 MAPPS high-fidelity models by December 2010. The software platform and upgraded models will then also be applied to the second simulator.  

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 66,000 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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Koeberg Power Station
Koeberg Power Station
(source: Philipp P Egli)

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