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Alstom awarded Kusile power plant control system order in South Africa

France's Alstom, a leader in integrated energy management solutions for power plants, has won a contract worth EUR90 million (US$122.4 million) for the automation of Eskom’s latest thermal power plant project, Kusile. Alstom Power will engineer, supply and install its newest ALSPA Series 6 Distributed Control System.

Alstom provides integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind.

The Kusile contract follows a similar order in November 2009 for Kusile’s sister plant, Medupi. (HydroWorld 12/14/09)

Eskom’s Kusile plant and its sister plant each will have an output of almost 4,800 MW. 

Kusile and Medupi are scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2015, respectively.

The ALSPA Series 6 DCS is designed to ensure consistent and safe control for all parts of a power plant. The system includes the critical controls for turbines, generators and balance of plant (BoP) components. It also provides an advanced control and optimization application module.

Alstom has had a presence in South Africa for 100 years, and its turbines generate 80 percent of the country’s installed capacity, Alstom reported.

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