Eskom’s Kusile power station has been named a finalist in the 2013 Be Inspired awards.

Eskom’s 4 800 MW Kusile Power Station – which is under construction in the Mpumalanga province – was named a project finalist in Bentley System’s 2013 Be Inspired Awards Competition for its innovative use of a virtual 3D plant simulator.

Once completed, Kusile Power Station will consist of six units – each generating 800 MW, adding a total capacity of 4 800 MW at completion – making it one of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world. Using the Bentley MicroStation platform and associated Bentley Civil Products, Eskom created a fully immersive 3D, virtual and interactive model of Kusile that gives Eskom engineers, operators and plant maintainers a thorough understanding of the plant design, process, operations and maintenance requirements.

By leveraging 3D visualisation and simulation capability, a significant return on innovation has been delivered for Eskom, including:

  • Enhanced plant commissioning and operating – changing plant conditions and operating parameters can be simulated in a 3D virtual environment;
  • Improved emergency preparedness – Operators can train for abnormal or emergency situations in a simulated environment, reducing the impact of actual plant damage caused by such occurrences;
  • Increased training opportunities – Proactive training on new plant technology reduces the risk of “learning curve” failures during commissioning and operations;
  • Unified plant plans – Multiple models created by Kusile’s various build partners can be merged and manipulated into one model – eliminating plan inconsistencies.
“We’re pleased to have been selected as a finalist in this prestigious awards competition,” said Abram Masango, executive project manager, Kusile Power Plant. “Leveraging this technology will benefit safety, operational and maintenance aspects of Kusile through its lifetime.”

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. The awards honour the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Six independent panels of jurors, comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the 65 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 43 countries. The winners of the Be Inspired Awards will be announced at The Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, taking place 29-31 October, in London.

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