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Montréal, August 3, 2010 – L3 MAPPS announced today that it has received an order from Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. (NA-SA) to supply the full scope operator training simulator for the Embalse nuclear power station. The project will start immediately, and the simulator is expected to go into service at the end of 2012.

“Last year, L3 MAPPS secured a key simulator upgrade project in Brazil and is pleased to follow it up with a full scope simulator win in Argentina,” said Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “As nuclear power generation continues to develop in South America, these projects provide L3 MAPPS with an important foothold in the region.”

“With L3 MAPPS’ global leadership in nuclear power plant simulation and demonstrated know-how with CANDU* plants, L3 MAPPS is the best choice for NA-SA,” said Rubén Semmoloni, Embalse NPP life extension project director, NA-SA. “For years, we have fulfilled our training needs without a plant-specific simulator, and we now look forward to having our own state-of-the-art full scope simulator, which we see as a central part of our personnel training and safety culture during the next 25 years of operation after the fulfillment of the life extension project.”

The Embalse full scope simulator will use L-3’s cutting-edge graphical simulation PC/Windows-based tools for the plant models and instructor station. All of the plant systems will be simulated, including the reactor, nuclear steam supply systems, balance of plant systems, electrical systems and I&C systems. The majority of the simulator’s models will be developed, validated and maintained in L-3’s Orchid® simulation environment. The plant computer systems, known as Digital Control Computers (DCCs), will be represented with a fully emulated dual DCC that will be integrated in the full scope simulator. The simulator will be equipped with full replica control room panels.

The Embalse nuclear power station is one of two operational nuclear power plants in Argentina. It is located on the southern shore of a reservoir on the Rio Tercero, near the city of Embalse in Córdoba Province, 110 kilometers southwest of Córdoba City. The single unit at Embalse is a CANDU pressurized heavy water reactor with a net output of 600 MWe, which went into commercial operation on January 20, 1984. Embalse also produces the cobalt-60 radioisotope, which is used for cancer therapy and industrial applications. With the current plant refurbishment plans, the plant’s life is expected to be extended for another 25 years.

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 website at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at

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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.

Orchid is a registered trademark of L3 MAPPS Inc. All other products are trademarks of their respective companies.

Embalse Control Room
Embalse Control Room
Operators in training on Hongyanhe
Embalse Full Scope Simulator Contract Signing



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