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Contract awarded to supply control system to Finnish hydro plants

Valmet has won a contract to supply a central control and data collection system to PVO-Vesivoima for the operation of its hydropower plants on the Iijoki, Kemijoki and Kokemäenjoki rivers in Finland.

Valmet, a global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, announced on 20 May, that it would supply a Valmet DNA SCADA solution for distributed process control and monitoring.

The new system, which is to be installed in PVO-Vesivoima’s Raasakka hydropower plant, will replace the company’s existing central control system, and allow PVO-Vesivoima to operate all its hydropower plants from a central control room located in Tampere, about 500 km from Raasakka. The virtualized automation system will feature links to the hydropower plants and several other third-party systems, such as an energy management system, power distributors and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

The redundant virtualized automation system is located in two separate rooms in Raasakka to ensure the highest possible reliability. The system is operated with the Valmet DNA User Interface, the first and only web based user interface on the market that can be integrated with an existing distributed control system, Valmet said. It comes with a secure web based access that enables the plant and mill teams to access relevant information whenever they need it, regardless of their location. The system will be handed over to the customer in January 2021.