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Valmet to supply automation system to hydropower plants in Finland

Raasakka Hydropower Plant
Raasakka Hydropower Plant

Valmet will supply a central control and data collection system to operate PVO-Vesivoima’s hydro power plants in the Iijoki, Kemijoki and Kokemäenjoki rivers in Finland.

PVO-Vesivoima Oy produces electricity with its hydropower plants in the Iijoki, Kemijoki and Kokemäenjoki rivers. The total annual energy production output of the company is about 1.7 TWh.

Valmet’s delivery scope consists of a Valmet DNA supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution for distributed process control and monitoring. It will be installed in PVO-Vesivoima’s Raasakka hydro power plant.

All hydropower plants will be centrally operated from a central control room located in Tampere about 500 km from Raasakka.

The virtualized automation system will feature links to the hydro power plants and several other third-party systems, such as 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 highest possible reliability.

The system is operated with 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. 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.

“Our existing central control system is obsolete and needs to be replaced. In supplier selection Valmet showed flexibility and provided fast responses to our needs. After testing the functionality with third-party systems, we were convinced of the Valmet DNA central control system. Additionally, we appreciate Valmet’s strong service support close to our key locations,” says Tommi Hansen-Haug, Project Manager, PVO-Vesivoima Oy.

“We are happy to start the cooperation with PVO-Vesivoima. The Valmet DNA central control system provides high reliability and a perfect basis to continue our cooperation in the future,” says Arto Mäkinen, sales manager, automation, Valmet.

This article was originally posted on Power Engineering International and was republished with permission.