Connecting power plant assets digitally (Do it like Punjab & Chhattisgarh)

Power Plant

From now, Vedanta’s Talwandi Sabo Power Plant (TSPL) in Punjab and Bharat Aluminum Company Ltd (BALCO) in Chhattisgarh will be digitally connected. Digitally linking these critical power units to Vedanta’s monitoring station will serve to analyse huge amounts of fleet data for continuous monitoring and diagnostics of these assets. This will enable proactive maintenance to help reduce unplanned outages, thereby, optimising costs and increasing availability of Vedanta’s power assets.

Siemens will initially provide three years of maintenance and service support to help ensure continued reliability and operational performance. For this, Siemens has deployed Digital Fleet Center Solution (DFCS) to connect its power plant assets. DFCS will enable power plant fleet operators to seamlessly connect their power generation assets (turbines, generators, boilers and balance of plants), and leverage the power of vast amount of data generated by these machines.

The digital technology will increase availability, predictive maintenance and better fuel management feeds. This will also enable Vedanta to monitor critical functions of its power plants in real time by using the richness and intelligence of digital information.

Over the past years, Siemens’ remote diagnostic engineers have gathered data from thousands of machines across the globe. The Remote Diagnostic Centers (RDCs), in the last year alone, generated a large number of proactive notifications; 40 per cent of which avoided forced outages and 20 per cent transformed forced outages into planned activities. As a pioneer in the rapid growth of digitalisation, Siemens is well-positioned to provide the digital solutions, experience and know-how these companies seek to help them manage costs and improve the availability of their energy assets.