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.