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L3 MAPPS to Upgrade Eskom’s Koeberg Simulators

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has signed a contract with Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom) to perform a multi-phase project to prepare the two Koeberg Power Station operator training simulators for the steam generator replacement that is taking place on the actual plant units.

We have been supporting Eskom since 2002 and have thoroughly enjoyed working together on interesting and challenging projects that deliver innovative technological solutions,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Eskom as we roll out this new project.” “Eskom and L3 MAPPS have made significant achievements together toward enhancing the operator training program at Koeberg through our collective work on the simulators,” said Willem van der Sandt, Project Manager, Strategic Nuclear Projects at Eskom’s Koeberg Operating Unit. “We look forward to the same collaborative approach as we move forward with this latest upgrade effort.”

In the first phase, set to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, L3 MAPPS will replatform the two simulators from PC/Linux® simulation servers to new PC/Windows®-based computers running L3’s latest Orchid® simulation environment. L3 MAPPS will also replace the existing Comet reactor core model with Comet Plus models. The new models, which solve the diffusion equations by using the Nodal Expansion Method, will be graphically generated and managed with Orchid Core Builder.

During the second phase, the existing steam generator models will be updated to account for the changes resulting from the new steam generators that will be installed at the plant.

Finally, following completion of the plant modification, the third phase will see a further update to the new steam generator models to ensure that the models are behaving in the exact same manner as the newly commissioned steam generators on the plant.

Eskom generates approximately 95 percent of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45 percent of the electricity used in Africa. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers. Additional power stations and major power lines are being built to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. Koeberg Power Station is currently the only nuclear power station on the African continent. It is situated at Duynefontein, 30 kilometers northwest of Cape Town in South Africa on the Atlantic coast. Koeberg, with two pressurized water reactor units and the largest turbine generators in the southern hemisphere, produces 1,860 megawatts of power and ensures a reliable supply of electricity to the Western Cape Province.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

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L3 MAPPS to supply digital control computer system hardware for Bruce Unit 6, supporting life extension and continued low-cost nuclear power

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has won a contract from Bruce Power to replace the existing Bruce B Unit 6 Digital Control Computer (DCC) system with all-new hardware. Three DCCs will be delivered to Bruce Power. The first unit (DCC-Z) will be used as a maintenance platform and is due to be installed in the first quarter of 2018. The other two DCCs (DCC-X and DCC-Y) are redundant units for plant operations and are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.

DCC systems are used to monitor and control the major reactor and power plant functions at CANDU* nuclear power plants. The new DCC system will feature the latest SSCI-890 CPUs and will replace the legacy Varian V72 computer systems and related equipment to ensure continuous, safe and reliable performance over the service life of the plant.

“Our first DCC system, built in the early 1970s, was for the Bruce site. With this new project, we have come full circle, marking a new chapter in L3 MAPPS’ DCC business,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We are happy to continue our long collaboration with Bruce Power. Leveraging our record of on-time, on-budget performance, we look forward to our further support of the Bruce site for many years to come.”

“Replacing the DCCs at the Bruce site is an important element of the Life-Extension Program at Bruce Power,” said Mike Rencheck, President & CEO of Bruce Power. “Bruce Power’s Life-Extension program will mean the Bruce site will continue to power the province until 2064, and this is good news for families and businesses across Ontario. Bruce Power, and the electricity it provides Ontario families and businesses, is part of the solution over the short and long terms to provide a source of low-cost stable electricity.”

Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear generator, providing 30 percent of Ontario’s power at 30 percent below the average residential price. The Bruce site, home to eight CANDU reactors in Tiverton, Ontario, is the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility. The company is progressing with a series of incremental life-extension investments, including Major Component Replacement, to secure a clean, reliable and low-cost source of electricity for Ontario families and businesses for decades to come.L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

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L3 MAPPS to Update Ling Ao Phase II Full Scope Simulator With Orchid® and Enhanced Severe Accident Simulation

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Ling Ao Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (LANPC), a division of China General Nuclear (CGN), to upgrade the Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator with L3’s latest Orchid® simulation software. Under this contract, the company will also enable the simulator with a severe accident simulation model that will automatically switch from the standard L3 MAPPS plant models to Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP5*). The updated simulation environment and “autoswitch” program are due to be in service in the first quarter of 2018.

L3 MAPPS made new investments last year to enhance autoswitching to the severe accident simulation model, and we are delighted that CGN will be the first to take advantage of our latest research and development efforts,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation.

We worked closely with L3 MAPPS to deploy China’s first severe nuclear accident simulation on the Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator in 2013 to enhance training scenarios that simulate degraded reactor core conditions,” said Ma Deyou, Senior Chief Engineer, Training Center, Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co., Ltd. (DNMC). “This new project is the next step in enhancing the unique capability that we already have.”

The current simulation environment, based on the Visual Simex™ simulator executive and ROSE® plant models, will be migrated to Orchid Simulator Executive and Orchid Modeling Environment, respectively. Also, the previously delivered MAAP 5.01 models will be replaced with MAAP 5.04 to enable autoswitching during periods of elevated fuel temperatures. With MAAP5, the updated Ling Ao Phase II simulator will be used for training scenarios relating to degraded reactor core conditions that result in fuel melting, including cladding oxidation and hydrogen generation, vessel failure, containment failure and fission product release. MAAP5-DOSE will be used to calculate simulated off-site dose rates.

MAAP5 is a software program that performs severe accident analysis for nuclear power plants, including assessments of core damage and radiological transport. The simulator is already equipped with 2-D and 3-D animated, interactive visualizations of the reactor vessel, containment building and spent fuel pool to provide operators with additional insight into the behavior of the plant during severe accidents.

CGN’s Ling Ao Phase II nuclear plant comprises the first two CPR1000 nuclear generating units that were put into commercial operation – the first unit in September 2010 and the second in August 2011. The CPR1000 is a Chinese standard design featuring a 1,080 MWe three-loop pressurized water reactor (PWR). The Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator, built by L3 MAPPS in cooperation with AREVA and Siemens, was put into service in August 2009.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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L3 MAPPS to upgrade EDF Energy’s Dungeness B Simulator

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been awarded a contract by United Kingdom-based EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited to perform upgrade work on the operator training simulator for the Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station. The two-phase project will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“We are pleased to add Dungeness B to the five EDF Energy sites that we are already supporting in the U.K.,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “EDF Energy and L3 MAPPS have jointly produced excellent results on 20+ projects that were delivered on time and on budget, and we look forward to duplicating this success on the Dungeness B simulator upgrade project.”

“EDF Energy is happy to move forward with the operational phase of upgrading the Dungeness B simulator using L3’s Orchid® platform and high-fidelity models, with which we have already experienced positive results at three other Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) sites,” said David Norris, Training Lead at EDF Energy’s Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station.

“The addition of the Reactor 2 simulation will provide enhanced operator training opportunities and greater training realism with a full dual-unit common control room environment,” added Linden Avery, Performance Improvement Manager at Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station.

In the first phase, L3 MAPPS will replatform the legacy simulator from SGI/UNIX® computers to new PC/Windows®-based computers running L3’s industry-leading Orchid simulation environment. L3 MAPPS will provide operating crew debrief capabilities with its powerful Orchid Multimedia Manager audiovisual system. Orchid Multimedia Manager is fully synchronized with Orchid Instructor Station and the simulated plant, allowing convenient replay and playback of training scenarios. L3 MAPPS will also provide a classroom environment where the instructor will be able to connect Orchid Instructor Station running on a tablet PC to any of the students’ simulations. Additionally, the students will be able to interact with the simulation using virtual panels displayed on three large touchscreens that are enabled with L3 MAPPS’ Orchid Touch Interface technology.

During the second phase, L3 MAPPS will develop Dungeness B plant-specific reactor core neutronics, as well as boiler and gas circuit models for Reactor 1, using Orchid Core Builder and Orchid Modeling Environment. The Reactor 1 models will be adapted for Reactor 2 and connected via the common services models. L3 MAPPS will also fabricate new Reactor 2 panels and upgrade the existing Reactor 2 desk. The Reactor 2 instruments will be interfaced to the simulation via compact I/O system equipment driven by L3 MAPPS’ Orchid Input Output software.

EDF Energy is one of the U.K.’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest energy groups. EDF Energy generates approximately one-fifth of the U.K.’s electricity and employs around 15,000 people. The Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station is located on the southeast coast of England and is composed of two AGR reactors, producing a total of 1,050 MWe. AGR reactors are unique to the U.K. and use carbon dioxide (CO2) coolant instead of water as light water reactors do. Dungeness B started commercial operation in 1983 and decommissioning is expected to begin in 2028.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the Company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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