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L-3 MAPPS to Support Candu Energy’s EC6® Power Plant Development with Simulator and Services

Published 28 May 2013 | By L3 MAPPS

L-3 MAPPS announced today that it has signed a contract with Candu Energy Inc. to supply an engineering simulator for its Enhanced CANDU 6® (EC6®) power plant development project. The simulator will be used at Candu Energy’s EC6 mockup facility to develop and validate the main control room (MCR) and to design and test programmable electronic systems (PES) and human-system interfaces.

"Over the years, L-3's robust Orchid® technology and our high-fidelity plant models have consistently proven to be valuable to plant operators and OEMs, as well as engineering and research organizations," said Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L-3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. "We are pleased to have this important opportunity to support Candu Energy as it prepares to launch EC6."

L-3 MAPPS will provide Candu Energy with a full real-time simulation of a CANDU 6 plant operating on a PC/Windows platform powered by the industry-leading Orchid simulation environment. The simulator will be equipped with interactive soft panels representing the MCR and a dual Digital Control Computer (DCC) emulation.

The interactive soft panels will be enabled on multiple video display units to represent the EC6 MCR. The emulated DCC will be used as a baseline to iteratively change out control programs and logic with new PES control software modeled and verified in L-3's Orchid Modeling Environment. In addition, L-3 MAPPS will provide training and support to ensure that all of Candu Energy's objectives are met.

Candu Energy Inc. is a leading full-service nuclear technology company providing nuclear power reactors and nuclear products and services to customers worldwide. The company designs and delivers state-of-the-art CANDU reactors, carries out life extension projects, provides plant life management programs and tools, and offers operation and maintenance services for existing nuclear power stations.

CANDU reactors supply approximately 50 percent of Ontario's electricity and 16 percent of Canada's overall electricity requirements. Internationally, they are an important component of clean air energy programs on four continents, with over 22,000 megawatts of installed capacity. There are 47 CANDU-type nuclear reactors operating around the world, from Canada to China.