Capgemini wins contract from nuclear power generator
27/07/2009
Capgemini has been selected by EDF to upgrade its information system dedicated to the maintenance of its nuclear generation fleet.

Fuente:  www.consultant-news.com    Fecha:   27.07.2009

 Capgemini wins contract from nuclear power generator

Capgemini France SAS, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group, has been selected by EDF, global leader in the generation of nuclear power, to upgrade the maintenance applications of their nuclear fleet. This upgrade will lead to an improvement of its nuclear reactors performance and enable an extension of their lifetime. Financial details were not disclosed.

With 58 reactors across 19 sites producing almost 80% of power generated in France, EDF manages the largest generation fleet of all the major European electricity providers. It is in the process of building two future European Pressurised 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 standardization. The use of standardized data libraries will also enable EDF to better take advantage of its nuclear fleet series concept, which allows to lower nuclear fleets construction costs.

EDF has chosen to use industry software tried and tested all over the world, in particular 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.

“We have mobilized 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,” says Colette Lewiner, Head of the Energy, Utilities & Chemicals global sector at Capgemini.

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 industrialize its deployment. Fleet-wide deployment will then be carried out in successive phases.