Emissions, Nuclear, Reactors

Capgemini France to upgrade EDF’s nuclear fleet IT

28 July 2009 – Capgemini France has been selected by EDF 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.

With 58 reactors across 19 sites producing almost 80 per cent of power generated in France (installed capacity of 63 GW), EDF manages the largest generation fleet of all the major European electricity providers.

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.

EDF has chosen to use industry softwares 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.

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.