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IPS Technology to Drive New Power Stations in Chile

October 2, 2008
IPS Solutions for Fossil PowerInvensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology, software, and consulting firm, has announced that it has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Maire Tecnimont Group to supply distributed control systems (DCS) and solutions for two coal-fired power stations currently under construction in Chile.

Under the terms of the deal, IPS will provide and install its InFusion enterprise control system technology at the Colbun Coronel and Endesa Bocamina II coal power plants, both of which are based in Coronel, Chile. The company will also supply associated hardware, project management, applications development, final project implementation, and deployment services.

"Our innovative solution allows multiple, interdependent units across multiple sites and multiple automation domains to operate as one integrated system that provides real-time business intelligence," said Paolo Morerio, senior client sales executive with IPS Italia.

IPS will deploy an international team of experts to oversee the project. IPS Italia will supply the project manager, project director, hardware specialist, and technical leader. IPS Chile will supply the technical leader and application engineers. Initial application work will be carried out by the team in Chile, who will then move to the Tecnimont office in Torino to develop final applications alongside Tecnimont's own project staff.

"We expect a significant improvement of the efficiency of the design and implementation of the control system through the cooperation of a strong Chilean component alongside the Italian one within the IPS team and the integration of their team with our own during the critical phase of software development," said a representative of Tecnimont's Automation Engineering department.

Each of the new plant's power islands will be made up of one steam generator and one steam turbine generator block. The plants will have an output of approximately 370 megawatts each.