GE Intelligent Platforms announces that Doyon Utilities, LLC of Fairbanks, Alaska has embarked on a major multi-year project involving GE’s Proficy Process Systems for a major utility privatisation project.
Doyon, a Native regional organisation has been awarded a privatisation contract for United States Army Forts Wainwright, Richardson and Greely in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Delta Junction, Alaska.
The 50-year contract calls for Doyon to assume ownership, operation and maintenance of the electric, natural gas, steam and potable water distribution systems as well as the wastewater collection system.
Upon taking over the utilities, Doyon was faced with an aging infrastructure that needed to be upgraded quickly and had to be replicated from plant to plant. Their goal was to improve the facilities through repair, rehabilitation and replacement and therefore improve the quality and efficiency of the systems over time.
After careful planning it was determined that the solution involved a complete system that could be integrated easily (as existing plants were retrofitted), was scalable and provided accurate control and information management.
Key to winning this project was the desire on Doyon’s part for a turnkey solution that could be trusted from inception through to the last implementation.
According to Doyon Project Manager Robert Maxfield, the company wanted stable, optimised boiler control and power generation without having to buy power off the grid due to outages caused by antiquated control systems.
GE Intelligent Platforms was chosen to design, implement and integrate the new system that included an end-to-end DCS solution based on the company’s breakthrough Proficy Process Systems facilitating operational excellence with continuous uptime, high availability as well as direct and supervisory control.
In addition, Proficy Historian, coupled with GE’s Proficy Troubleshooter software provides an enterprise-wide solution to enable accurate control and information management.
Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO said, “To gain insight and manage operations, companies like Doyon Utilities must be able to visualise, analyse and optimise every aspect of their processes, equipment and resources. By adding intelligence to their production environment, our innovative Proficy Process Systems and Proficy Historian solutions provide lower total cost of ownership, greater productivity, efficiency and profitability for a sustainable competitive advantage.”
When completed, the company will have an end-to-end solution that offers freedom and flexibility at a lower cost of implementation and ownership.
“The privatisation is expected to increase reliability and profitability of the utility services,” said Dan Gavora, CEO of Doyon Utilities, LLC.
Proficy is an example of how GE’s $4 billion-a-year software and solutions services businesses are helping customers improve productivity.