Rugeley Power Station Flue Gas Desulphurisation ... installed Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant
Rugeley Power Station Flue Gas Desulphurisation ... installed Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant

Rugeley Power Station Flue Gas Desulphurisation ... installed Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant

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  • The Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) (2001/80/EC) aims to reduce acidification, ground level ozone and particles throughout Europe by controlling emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and dust (particulate matter (PM)) from large combustion plants.

    In compliance with these regulations International Power (IPR) have

    installed Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant at their coal-fired

    power station in Rugeley, Staffordshire. A turn-key EPC contract was

    awarded to Lentjes UK in 2006, who were responsible for the design,

    construction and commissioning of the FGD plant and its integration

    into the existing power station.

    Lentjes appointed Capula in 2007 as the control systems supplier

    for this project, with the scope of work including:

    > PLC and SCADA based control systems

    > Safety and protection systems

    > Field Instrumentation supply and installation

    > Installation of field cabling

    > Local man-machine interface equipment

    > Cable marshalling equipment

    > Integration of the new control systems into existing generating unit

    control systems

    The contract was awarded in 2007, and commissioning of the plant

    was successfully achieved with flue gas scrubbing operational in mid-

    2009, removing approximately 96%of the SO2.

    Business challenges The new FGD plant receives flue gases from the existing boiler

    plant. Therefore, the FGD control systems had to integrate with the

    generating unit control systems at the power station to safely control

    the flue gas path through the entire plant.

    Furthermore, IPR required that the operator control facilities were

    fully integrated into the existing power plant control room to enable

    the safe, efficient control of the boiler and FGD plant. Capula was

    challenged with creating an innovative solution and system designs

    which would allow this seamless integration, both during installation

    and commissioning and following project completion.

    International Power plc Rugeley Power Station Flue Gas Desulphurisation

    Business benefits delivered

    > Skilled assistance to Lentjes on applying Rugeley and UK engineering standards > Local integrator able to provide good support > Experienced system integrator able to handle major project implementation on a large scale > Experienced FGD control systems integrator > Dedicated and able to meet the tight timescales

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  • A large number of field instruments (approximately 350) were supplied for the measurement of the

    process parameters (ie. flows, pressure, temperature, levels, chemical composition etc).

    The FGD control system relies on precise measurement and control of the process, and Capula was

    responsible for the specification, supply, installation, fitting and commissioning of each instrument.

    The timescales of the project were also a significant challenge. It involved major plant design and

    construction whilst minimising the disruption on the power station.

    Major outage tie-ins were provided, but much of the installation and commissioning had to be

    carried out whilst the power plant was operational. This exerted significant pressure on the design

    and site commissioning teams, but careful planning and co-ordination on the part of Lentjes and

    all sub-suppliers, including Capula, allowed the project to be successfully completed.

    Why Capula Capula was chosen because of the company’s extensive experience on the boiler control systems

    at Rugeley, which is based on APACS and APMS, and there are only a limited number of companies

    who can provide this level of support for these systems.

    The ability to work closely with the main contractor on this project, together with their

    responsiveness and delivery ethos, all contributed to the success.

    International Power plc

    International Power plc (IPR) is

    a growing independent power

    generation company with interests

    in over 45 power stations and some

    closely linked businesses around

    the world.

    Rugeley power station, part of

    International Power’s portfolio, is

    coal fired and can produce

    approximately 1,000MW of electricity

    fed into the National Grid system

    at a high voltage of 400,000 volts.

    The output is enough to meet the

    needs of roughly 1/2 million homes.

    Capula Limited Orion House, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 OLT

    t: +44 (0)1785 827000 e:

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