L-3 MAPPS has secured a contract with Eskom Holdings to refurbish its Koeberg operator training simulator.

The refurbished simulator, featuring the Orchid® Modeling Environment, is slated to become operational in March 2010. A subsequent upgrade will be applied, aiming to leave the entire simulator operating L-3 MAPPS high-fidelity models by the end of 2010.

The upgrade project will be carried out in two phases. Phase 1 will include remodelling of the Balance of Plant (BOP) process loop, simulation of the new Alstom Alspa Controsteam steam turbine controller, emulation of the core monitoring system display and provision of an interface to Westinghouse’s Ovation DCS. This approach will enable Koeberg to pre-train its operators on upcoming plant changes scheduled for the plant outage in late 2010.

The second phase will consist of upgrading the remaining plant models, including containment, emergency core cooling and common services, and migrating the legacy control logic and electrical systems into the Orchid Modeling Environment through a translator.

The Koeberg simulator was last upgraded in May 2004. Last year L-3 MAPPS configured it with OPC XML connectivity to support new rod control displays.

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