Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services

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Bilfinger IAS wins an automation refurbishment project for one of SSE's hydro-electric power stations


Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services (IAS) Ltd is to provide refurbishment of the automation controls for the Deanie Power station at Loch Monar. The station consists of two hydro turbine generators which produce 38MW of electricity for the Scottish Highlands region. The project is part of a larger refurbishment project commissioned by SSE. 

A key consideration for the contract award was the ability for the systems integrator to identify a more distributed control system approach thereby greatly reducing the cabling and plant down time required. This follows on from the success of Bilfinger’s previous work with SSE and hydro systems. 

SSE is placing greater emphasis on maintaining it’s assets throughout the Scottish region and sees Bilfinger IAS as a key Systems Integrator player for future automation work. 

“With the development of the new system architecture, the station’s future will be more secure in the longer term. Our approach on engineering management and quality control  means that implementation on site will be smooth and efficient,” said Keith Hunt, Project Manager within Bilfinger IAS‘s Projects Department.

“SSE is one of our key strategic clients. We have worked with them since 2005 and most recently in 2015 with the Allt-na-Lairige and Shin hydro refurbishments. Projects like this demonstrate a key commitment from SSE to the long-term development and sustainability of renewable energy in the UK,” said Steve Taylor, Head of Projects.