Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Capgemini to Upgrade EDF's Nuclear Reactors Maintenance Apps

Capgemini France SAS, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group, has been selected by EDF to upgrade the maintenance applications of its nuclear fleet. This upgrade will lead to an improvement of EDF's nuclear reactors performance and enable an extension of their lifetime, the company says.

With 58 reactors across 19 sites producing almost 80 per cent of power generated in France (installed capacity of 63 GW), EDF manages the largest generation fleet of all the major European electricity providers, the company claims. It is in the process of building two future EPR1 nuclear reactors at Flamanville (Manche, France) and Penly (Seine-Maritime, France), and carries out numerous nuclear projects across the globe.

The upgrade of its nuclear reactors maintenance applications will help improve the safety and availability of the French fleet and extend these plants’ lifetime beyond 40 years. EDF will therefore benefit from optimal working processes integration between engineering and operations, as well as from methods and practices standardisation. The use of standardised data libraries will also enable EDF to better take advantage of its nuclear fleet series concept.

EDF has chosen to use Ventyx’s ‘Asset Suite’ software for operating and maintenance activities. Capgemini, which is in charge of the design, development and implementation of this solution, will implement an IT Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) allowing the reuse and interoperability of the different systems.

Capgemini will manage the technical integration of this fleet’s maintenance program IT applications, as well as the deployment of the entire information system within a pilot perimeter decided by EDF. Capgemini will also be in charge of designing and building the communications portal aimed to facilitate access to information, including for subcontractors.

This portal will provide a one-stop shop for all working processes description in a coherent environment according to industry profiles and access rights.

According to Colette Lewiner, head, energy, utilities and chemicals global sector, Capgemini, "We have mobilised our best experts for this project in order to work in close collaboration with EDF. The signing of this contract is the result of a long-term strategy which has made us a global leader in IT in the utilities sector and in particular in the nuclear arena, where we have also won very large contracts in China and North America."

The information system will be deployed initially within a pilot perimeter to test the solution’s resilience, then across EDF’s ‘series headers’ with plans to industrialise its deployment. Fleet-wide deployment will then be carried out in successive phases.

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