Westinghouse Electric Company said on 8 July it had signed an instrumentation and control (I&C) contract with Dominion Energy for the implementation of a Digital Modernisation Program at the Surry Power Station in the USA. Dominion’s Surry and North Anna plants together produce almost one third of the electricity for the company's customers in Virginia and North Carolina. The new contract will support Dominion’s Subsequent Licence Renewal programme for Surry 1 and 2. During the execution of the programme, which is subject to regulatory approval, Westinghouse and Dominion will upgrade 23 safety and non-safety systems over a nine-year period. The comprehensive programme will include digital I&C hardware, software, design, engineering, manufacture, delivery and engineering support.
Westinghouse and Dominion share a passion for innovation and digitalisation, which has led to this significant alliance,” said David Howell, Westinghouse president of Americas Operating Plant Services. “Our I&C technology will not only holistically support the long-term operations of the Surry Station, but the completion of this modernisation programme will create a roadmap for future digital system upgrades in North America – improving the performance of the fleet.”
Each unit will be outfitted with Westinghouse’s Common-Q™ safety-grade platform, as well as the Ovation™ I&C platform. These technologies reduce or eliminate the need for surveillances, allowing Dominion high availability and significant operations and maintenance savings. “Extending Surry’s operations is critical to meeting the Virginia Clean Economy Act's requirements for zero-carbon electricity by 2045.” said Dan Stoddard, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at Dominion Energy.