Under the contract, the company will replace the legacy I/O system supplied by Thomson-CSF in 1992, using low power consumption compact controllers and I/O modules from Beckhoff Automation that are managed by its Orchid Input Output software.

Over 13,000 I/O channels will be replaced by the company in addition to select simulator control room panel instruments with custom-designed equivalents, namely the synchroscope, the rod position indicators and the sound generator.

L-3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation marketing & sales vice president Michael Chatlani said, ”Having already upgraded the platform and plant models on the Daya Bay simulator, we are especially pleased that GNPJVC will further benefit from our compact I/O solution.”

Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co simulator maintenance head Li Jinguang said, ”The compact I/O system replacement offered by L-3 will ensure that the Daya Bay simulator’s I/O hardware will support our all-important operator training program for the balance of the station’s service life.”

The I/O system replacement is slated to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station features two Areva pressurized water reactors (PWR) of 984MWe each, and produces 14 billion kWh of electricity per year, of which 70% is delivered to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).