2015 CTOTF Fall Turbine Forum, Issue 4

CCJ's ongoing coverage of its 2015 Best Practices Awards program continues here with summaries of selected methods and procedures used by 7F and 501F users to assure safety and top performance at their generating plants on a predictable and repeatable basis. This information is compiled in the following categories: fast starts, workforce development, O&M, performance improvement, monitoring and diagnostics, and safety.
 
Links are provided to access best practices profiled previously for F-class plants from the Class of 2015 in case you missed them. Coverage of the 2015 program concludes next month with submittals from Hartwell, Jack County, MEAG Wansley, Michigan Power, Mid-Georgia Cogen, Nueces Bay, Oglethorpe Power, Paris, PSE Ferndale, and Walton County. Details on all best practices are available in the quarterly Combined Cycle Journal.
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
  • Smart drains help prevent piping damage
  • HRSG access improvement
  • Automate water injection for emissions control
  • Replacement of station batteries, plus ventilation upgrade
SAFETY
  • Switchyard cable trench repairs
  • Minimizing errors during LOTO evolutions improves safety
  • Dedicated emergency phone line enhances safety
  • GT exhaust-door redesign
  • Rail and lanyard solution protects against enclosure fall hazards
  • Comprehensive gas-line preventive maintenance program
FAST STARTS
  • Keep your steam turbine warm with electric blankets
  • Improved GT starts reduce gas consumption, satisfy dispatch requirements
  • Monitoring of transformer oil, fault gases helps promote high reliability
  • Startup emissions calculator
  • Continuous monitoring system improves battery safety, maintenance efficiency
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
  • Plant assessment suggests upgrades to accommodate renewables
  • Liquid fuel recommissioning
  • Fire system upgrades boost GT reliability
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  • How to write effective procedures
  • Training future plant leaders for new, ever-increasing challenges
Compelling content puts next month's 501F meeting in a class by itself; register today
 The solid agenda for the independent 501F Users Group 2016 conference and vendor fair, February 21-25, deserves a second look if you're not already registered. Additional program details, announced last week by Russ Snyder, the organization's president and chairman, focused on the content of special, robust technical sessions by PSM and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA). more 
AERO USERS: Benefit from robust technical program, training at Western Turbine; register today
Take advantage of top-quality training. WTUI's annual conferences offer more technical instruction and discussion on LM2500, LM5000, LM6000, and LMS100 gas turbines than any user group in the world. The break-out sessions for each machine total more than nine hours to meet the burgeoning information needs of users. Detailed instruction is provided by engine experts from the OEM and its licensed repair depots: Air New Zealand (ANZGT), IHI, MTU Maintenance, and TransCanada Turbines (TCT). more 

  
  
CTOTF Spring Turbine Forum
April 3-7, St. Augustine