Delivering safe, reliable power for millions of Canadians
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is one of North America’s largest clean power producers. Through a mix of nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, wind and fossil fuels, they produce around 50% of the electricity for the entire province of Ontario
OPG pursues innovation in everything it does, as part of its vision to deliver the next generation of North American nuclear power and optimize performance of its renewable network.
In line with this, OPG’s leadership wished to move from reactive to predictive and prescriptive operating and maintenance models. Their goal was to improve uptime, increase reliability and enhance safety.
The right partner
As a high-risk operating environment, any change to operating procedures was fraught with risk and required significant behavioral change. As such, OPG knew they needed a trusted, expert partner to work with them throughout the process.
After a rigorous evaluation process, the team settled on AVEVA, partly due to a unique approach that offered help to all levels of the business, from technical support and training to strategic advice and tailored guidance. At the same time, the platform agnostic nature of AVEVA Asset Performance Management meant it could be quickly integrated into their existing stack.
OPG’s team rolled out AVEVA Predictive Analytics across the nuclear fleet, then across the hydroelectric plants. Working in conjunction with the existing AVEVA PI System-installed base, the benefits of the new approach were felt almost immediately. In under two years the program has already delivered over US$4 million in savings — including $400,000 in a single catch event. As new ways of working are embedded, the benefits are accelerating, helping OPG achieve its goal of providing safe, reliable and affordable power to millions.
Today, the team is looking to incorporate fully prescriptive capabilities into its software stack to better support maintenance teams in the field.