HPI Awarded Multiple Projects from a Canadian Nuclear Power Company
HPI announced the award of three separate multimillion dollar projects from an independent nuclear power company in Ontario, Canada to upgrade the nuclear plant’s emergency power generation (EPG) system. Two Solar Mars 100 gas turbine generators supply power to the electrical emergency power system (EPS), which serves the equipment and instruments required to maintain and monitor the four reactors in a safe shutdown state. The first contracted project includes new turbine generator control systems that will be seismically qualified to a design basis earthquake (DBE) level to ensure that these systems will be operational and will provide power should a seismic event occur.
All design documentation, software, testing, and manufacturing will be done to a stringent verification and documentation process that meets the Canadian nuclear quality standards CSA CAN Z 299.2 and CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, for which HPI’s processes have been audited and certified. The construction will be carried out in a dedicated and quarantined area at HPI facilities in Houston.
The second contract is for the design verification and supply of a temporary emergency power system (TEPS) that will replace the power normally supplied by the emergency power generators (EPG) during the installation and commissioning of the new gas turbine controls. The TEPS equipment is a Solar Taurus 60 outdoor, skid-mounted, dual-fuel fired gas turbine.
The third contract is for the design and supply of an electrical protection relay system for the two EPGs and TEPS gas turbines. This work includes completing a comprehensive fault study and seismically qualifying all equipment to a DBE level as in the first contract.
As a nuclear generation station, there are many regulations that stipulate the quality and reliability of the systems to be provided, as well as the way in which those systems are designed and constructed. HPI holds the necessary certifications to perform the full scope of the work.
“We understand the seriousness of this project and how important having a highly reliable source of emergency power is to prevent disasters like the one at the Fukushima station in Japan,” says Ray Jilley, Global Sales Director of HPI. “It is certainly important to revisit the status of equipment on these aging nuclear plants. As a testament to the foresight and diligence of the executive leadership at site, the planning for this set of projects commenced well before the incident in Japan. We are excited to work with the customer and are expecting to expand our business with the nuclear industry going forward.”