NEWS & EVENTS
Northwest Electrical Services completes 2 projects: the 13.8KV Stationary Diesel Plant Auxiliaries Switchboard and Campus Distribution, where Northwest Electrical Services performed an engineering design study, and subsequent detail design - build for the supply of a redundant 13.8KV distribution board and campus ring type distribution; and the 15KV Protective Relay Replacement, a turn-key project to acquire, install and test protective relays at a secure government facility in order for the facility to meet current utility standards.
Northwest Electrical Services designs and implements modifications to the Tie Breaker Sychronization Control System for Siemens Energy, Australia, previously designed and fabricated by Northwest Electrical Services in July 2012.
Northwest Electrical Services supplies and installs a Replacement Load Bank Control System for the Siemens Energy Test Facility, Houston, Texas. Northwest Electrical Services redesigned the load bank PLC program and operator interface to allow:
- New operator interface based on Wonderware Intouch
- Allow individual selection of load bank resistors on or off in a controlled manner such that load step changes are within the test or machine parameters
- Trending tool to include in test results for electrical quantities
- Modified PLC program to accomplish the above as necessary
- Commission and turnover
Northwest Electrical Services completes the GO Transit Cogeneration Control System project involving the development and implementation of a control solution to replace and extend the functionality of existing CoGen controls at the GO Transit Streetsville and Oshawa sites located in Ontario Canada. The solution designed and maintained by Northwest Electrical Services LLC used open industry leading products to create a system that allows for around the clock supervision and control without the need to have personnel located at the plant around the clock.
Northwest Electrical Services completes a Process Heating Steam to HTHW Conversion for a large stationary diesel power plant that has been undergoing various life extension projects for base load HFO fuel power generation.
Northwest Electrical Services takes great pride in achieving 60 man years of work by our employees with zero lost time accidents! Northwest Electrical Services is proud of our safe working environment, and we are committed to providing and promoting a safe working culture with all of our employees.
Northwest Electrical Services designs and completes a Tie Breaker Sychronization Control System for Siemens Energy, Australia. While the client specification for the project specified various operational and international code requirements, Northwest Electrical Services LLC proposed and ultimately provided an innovative flexible solution incorporating PLC control and touch screen HMIs, allowing for future expansion and changes to operational requirements.
Northwest Electrical Services provides Replacement Generator Air Cooled Heat Exchangers for a large stationary diesel power plant has been undergoing various life extension projects for base load HFO fuel power generation. Working along with Burmeister Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S of Denmark for mechanical works, the project was completed and in full operation as of Q2 2012 returning both Sulzer engines to original MCR capacity including overload rating of 110% for two hours
Northwest Electrical Services designs, supplies, and installs a Fuel Flow Measurement System for an international client wishing to replace outdated mechanical fuel flow meters with a networked solution to interface with existing plant systems. This installation has allowed the client to perform accurate routine performance testing, online monitoring of engine utilization and performance, and real time analysis of overall plant fuel consumption between monthly tank soundings.
Northwest Electrical Services designs, fabricates, installs and comissions a new Fuel Heater SCR Control Conversion control panel for an international client operating a stationary diesel power plant. This system results in substantial energy savings, and greatly increases the reliability of the heater elements.
Northwest Electrical Services is pleased to announce that we have earned System Integrator Status with Wonderware Corporation. Leveraging the years of experience working in the automation field, and in particular the integration of Wonderware products into many specialty applications, including enterprise portals, we are very excited about continuing and expanding our use and integration of Wonderware products into our portfolio of services.
Northwest Electrical Services designs, supplies and installs a Generator AVR Replacement for an aging analog system for an international client operating a stationary diesel power plant.
Northwest Electrical Services completes a Generation Plant RO / DI System for Bermuda Electrical Light Co., Hamilton, Bermuda, which includes the specification, procurement and supply of a turnkey brackish water and ground water seawater treatment, electronic de-ionization system, back-up resin bed de-ionization, water storage and distribution systems integrated with existing generator control and monitoring systems. The system was placed into service July 2011, resulting in near boiler quality process water greatly reducing the corrosion within the equipment and an expected ROI in less than 18 months when compared to delivered potable water.
Northwest Electrical Services is pleased to announce our purchase of an office and fabrication facility in West Chester, PA in addition to our original location in Anchorage, Alaska. The acquisition of the West Chester property broadens our capability to service customers and clients located in the continental US, as well as a convenient location on the East Coast of the USA for our international clients and projects.
Our new office location includes a fabrication facility for many of the systems which Northwest Electrical Services tests and builds. It also serves as the main hub for our information technology systems and service staff dispatch.
Northwest Electrical Services performs a Plant Critical Systems Documentation and Arc Flash Survey for an international power generating facility of all critical systems and documentation. The survey covers all Electrical, Pressurized systems including medium temperature hot water and steam, fuel systems both heavy and light fuel oil. Northwest Electrical Services utilizes ETAP software for the studies of electrical systems.
Northwest Electric Services completes an OPS Cooling Upgrade Project for Bermuda Electric Light Co., Hamilton, Bermuda.
Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) is the sole electricity supplier for the island of Bermuda. Primarily a diesel engine power generation facility with a capacity of approximately 180MWe, BELCO selected Northwest Electrical Services in December 2009 to design and build replacement engine cooling systems for three of the generating station Sulzer Z40/48 diesel engines. The project consisted of the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of 15 air cooled radiator units involving structural steel, piping, electrical and controls valued at $2.1M. BELCO required the units to be placed into service prior to their peak demand season which begins in June of 2010, and the units were commissioned and placed into service on schedule with zero downtime of the units they served. Due to the tight timeline, Northwest Electrical Services employed several innovative design techniques and installation methods involving equipment installation, piping systems, MCC selection and control system integration. The combination of these techniques, once installed and commissioned returned the generating units to their nameplate capacity at design peak ambient conditions.
The completed design and installation included:
- 15 Young Touchstone Air Cooled radiator fan units designed for offshore duty.
- Victaulic Galvanized pipe fittings and Valves
- Custom galvanized structural steel framework and pipe supports
- New 4160V switchgear
- 4160 - 480 V transformers
Smart Meters using the Schneider Electric PowerLogic Ion Meters and integration into the ION enterprise data system
Allen Bradley Smart Motor Control Centers with soft starters
Allen Bradley Contrologix PLC with devicenet for communication with the MCC's
Integration using Ethernet between the new PLC and existing Engine PLC's
Integration of the new systems into the Wonderware Intouch Plant Control and Historian System for remote monitoring and control
BELCO Vice President - Plant Management comments, "Northwest Electrical Services has been a valued partner in our facility for years involved in many electrical and automation projects, including the modernization of our plant control systems and our flagship operations centre. Faced with a tight schedule for design and installation, they have once again demonstrated here BELCO that Northwest Electrical Services can meet tight deadlines, minimize downtime and provide the highest quality work in both design and installation."
Northwest Electric Services Selected for Design - Build of several power plant life extension projects for BELCO
Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) has selected Northwest Electrical Services to design and build replacement engine cooling systems for three of the generating station Sulzer Z40/48 diesel engines. The project consists of the design, installation and commissioning of 15 air cooled radiator units involving structural steel, piping, electrical and controls. BELCO requires the units to be placed into service prior to their peak demand season which begins in June of 2010. In addition to the cooling project, BELCO has also selected Northwest Electrical Services to install a new RO system for their power station which includes all equipment, installation, commissioning. The new system will extract brackish groundwater and utilize RO and Electronic Deionization to generate process water that meets the power station strict requirements for cooling and boiler water. The system is expected to be fully operational by the 3Q of 2010. In addition, the new system will be fitted with controls and wireless instrumentation to automatically fill various process water tanks located throughout the station.
Northwest Electrical Services completes startup and commissioning of units 1 and 2 AVR systems for Siemens Energy at Riverbay Project
Northwest Electrical Services teamed with Siemens Energy to successfully commission units one and 2 Basler DECS-200 systems and successfully paralleled the Riverbay Units at COOP city in Bronx, NY. Both units were commissioned and are capable of fully automatic operation in either PF or VAR control. While Northwest Electric did not design the systems, we were called upon to finish the installation which was not fully commissioned. Mark Wray, General Manager and the key staff member that executed the work, commented "It's always a challenge to follow another firm's installation and commissioning before completed, and our preference is to be involved as early as possible. However, we do have considerable operations and maintenance experience, and by following sound principles and techniques we were able successfully install and commission the units to the client's satisfaction."