Drax picks Capula for Bulk Data Scanner system replacement

Capula is delighted to announce the award of a contract by Drax Power Ltd for the replacement of the Bulk Data Scanner system (BDS) on units 1 to 3 of the Yorkshire power station, which is the UK’s single largest generator of renewable energy and Europe’s single largest decarbonisation project.

The BDS is used for the scanning of boiler, turbine and balance of plant process variables. These variables are carefully monitored during operation of the power plant to verify that plant is operating within normal parameters. Recognition of trends in the process enables Drax to identify problems and react to protect plant and improve efficiency. With the BDS technology on units 1 to 3 approaching obsolescence, Drax has identified a requirement for this to be upgraded.

Having previously installed a replacement system on units 4 to 6 at Drax, Capula will be implementing a similar solution based on a Schneider Quantum PLC technology to modernise the BDS on units 1 to 3, taking the opportunity to introduce new HMIs for visualisation and update a number of existing field panels.

“Capula has had an excellent working relationship with Drax for 20 years, providing control solutions on numerous key areas of plant in this time,” said Phil Willett, Business Sector Head for Power & Renewables, “Our understanding of their systems and impressive delivery record on site made Capula a reliable choice for the award of this contract.”

Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-late 2017.

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