By implementing ProcessVue® alarm management software from M.A.C. Solutions at its West Burton B gas-fired power station, EDF Energy can now perform accurate process alarm analysis and has taken huge steps in rationalising and reducing alarm loads on operators at the site.

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas fired power stations and combined heat and power plants.

Based in Nottinghamshire, West Burton B is EDF Energy’s only gas-fired power station. The site has three combined cycle gas turbines capable of generating a combined output of 1332MW – sufficient electricity to power around 1.5 million UK homes. The site started generating electricity in 2013 and currently employs 66 full-time EDF Energy staff.

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By implementing ProcessVue® alarm management software from M.A.C. Solutions at its Bacton and Zeebrugge gas terminals, Interconnector UK (IUK) can now perform accurate alarm analysis across the two terminals and gain an accurate picture of the number of alarms operators have to deal with.

IUK is a joint venture company that owns and operates the only physically bi-directional gas pipeline between the UK and Continental Europe. The company is dedicated to the safe, efficient and flexible transportation of natural gas.

IUK’s commercial operation is based in central London with terminals at Bacton in the UK and Zeebrugge in Belgium, joined by a 235km pipeline running under the southern part of the North Sea. The pipeline diameter is just over one metre (1016 mm or 40 inches) with a forward capacity of 20 bcm/y and a reverse capacity of 25.5 bcm/y.

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By implementing new alarm management and KPI Reporting software from M.A.C Solutions UK Ltd., engineers at a UK-based biomass power station are now able to easily and quickly identify KPIs for alarm trends and to analyse the root causes of plant upsets (i.e. events that lead to a loss of production).

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A major US-based natural gas distribution utility company has selected MAC Solutions’ ProcessVue software suite to manage and report on process alarms across its operation.

Initially, ProcessVue will interface with the gas utility company’s legacy control system, which is being upgraded over the next 12 months. The gas utility company provides natural gas services to more than 150,000 customers.

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By replacing an ageing, unreliable SOE printer system with MAC Solutions’ ProcessVue software, Premier Oil’s Balmoral facility has experienced zero software outages since it was installed two years ago. The 100% reliability of ProcessVue ensures that data from safety-critical plant is always logged, enabling engineers to identify the cause of a plant upset, including the sequence of events (SOE) leading up to this.

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