Avantha Power of India has selected Rockwell Automation as its automation provider for the utility’s balance of plant (BOP) applications for the next three years. The $2.5 million estimated investment allows Avantha Power to adopt a common control platform for its entire BOP system, improving plantwide optimization and reducing lifecycle costs.
“Avantha Power is aiming to achieve an installed capacity close to 4000 MW of power in the next five years, so uptime and reliability are key goals,” said Randy Selesky, director, Power and Energy, Rockwell Automation. “By standardizing its BOP systems on a single, open control platform that is field-proven, Avantha Power staff can enjoy the reduced maintenance time that comes with improved system flexibility.”
The Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system will monitor and control up to nine BOP applications, including coal handling, ash handling, mill reject, water treatment, and fire protection systems, at the company’s two coal-based thermal power projects, each consisting of two 600 MW units being set up at Raigarh, Chattisgarh, and Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.
“The Integrated Architecture system can be easily replicated in both facilities, reducing our engineering time significantly,” said Janmejaya Mahapatra, head of Instrumentation and Control, Avantha Power. “We only need to train our operators on one control system for all of our BOP applications. In addition, the system can be managed from a single, central location using one standard EtherNet/IP network to ease dataflow throughout the facility for improved troubleshooting and reduced downtime.”
The two greenfield electric power plant projects will begin power production over an 18-month period, beginning in March 2012. “The overall reduction in system complexity with a Rockwell Automation system helps make our aggressive timeline achievable,” said Mahapatra.