GE to upgrade Spanish reactor control system

12 January 2007

Iberdrola has signed a contract with GE Energy for a digital control and instrumentation upgrade at its 1085 MW Cofrentes nuclear power station in Valencia, Spain.

GE Energy will supply an integrated Mark VI digital control system, Bently Nevada 3500 condition monitoring hardware and System 1 optimisation software to replace the existing analog turbine control system, turbine supervisory instrument system and reactor pressure and steam bypass control system.

The new triple mode redundant digital controls will deliver improved levels of reliability, eliminating a single point of failures, which result in decreased turbine downtime and increased operator confidence.

The Cofrentes boiling water reactor along with the steam turbine-generator was developed and installed by GE Energy.

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