FORTUM CORPORATION ONLINE NEWS 25 October 2018
Automation modernisation project, the biggest single project since the construction of Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant, has been successfully completed on time and within budget by Fortum and the main supplier Rolls-Royce. The modernisation of safety automation systems improves safety and secures safe and the reliable operation of the Loviisa nuclear power plant also in the future.
Fortum and Rolls-Royce signed an agreement in May 2014 about the modernisation of the most critical safety automation systems on both production units at Loviisa. Fortum created the safety automation architecture based on Fortum´s overall plant safety design concept ADLAS™, where the safety functions were validated with advanced process simulator APROS™. The scope of work for Rolls-Royce included design, licensing, installation and commissioning activities for new safety systems.
"We are extremely delighted that the implementation of the new safety systems was completed on time, within budget and according to high quality and required safety standards. Also the nuclear specific challenge related to the complexity of licensing processes, was turned into a success factor throughout the excellent cooperation between Fortum, Rolls Royce and all other stakeholders. This was achieved through an extensive pre-planning phase, proactive schedule management and continuous improvement during the project," says Magnus Forsstrom, Automation Modernisation Project Owner, from Loviisa power plant.
The modernisation was implemented in three phases during annual outages in 2016-2018. Around 50 Fortum's specialists have been employed full-time since the beginning of the project in 2014, and momentarily increased above 200 in total during the annual outages.
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Loviisa power plant
In 2017, the load factor at Fortum’s fully-owned Loviisa nuclear power plant was 92.9%. On an international scale, the load factor was among the best in the world for pressurised water reactor power plants. The plant produced a total of 8.16 terawatt hours, which is more than 10% of Finland’s total electricity production. The Loviisa power plant employs more than 500 Fortum employees and some 100 permanent contractors. In 2017, Fortum invested about EUR 90 million into the Loviisa nuclear power plant.