Westinghouse awarded $10.3 million turbine control contract

Westinghouse has been awarded a contract to upgrade the turbine control systems of Exelon’s four reactor units at Byron and Braidwood nuclear power plants in Illinois.

Westinghouse, a company belonging to the UK’s BNFL, has been awarded a contract to upgrade the turbine control systems of Exelon’s four reactor units at Byron and Braidwood nuclear power plants in Illinois.

The $10.3 million contract includes hardware and engineering for the base system, as well as options for all four pressurised water reactor (PWR) units, including simulator upgrades, lab units, training, spare parts and architectural engineering services. The first installation will take place at Byron Unit 1 in March 2005. The last installation will be at Braidwood Unit 2 in October 2006.

Michele DeWitt, vice president of Westinghouse Repair, Replacement and Automation Services, said that the order is significant for two reasons: ‘It represents a platform decision to use Ovation products for additional instrumentation and control (I&C) upgrades at the Byron and Braidwood plants.

‘It also demonstrates confidence in our ability to deliver high-quality I&C products and services for their PWR units, as we have done in the past for their BWR units.’

As a distributed process control, information, and data management system, Ovation reportedly offers powerful, flexible and open systems architecture and replaces proprietary distributed control system structures with widely available, off-the-shelf hardware, software, networking and communications components.