7F owner/operators share fleet best practices – Combined Cycle Journal

7F owner/operators share fleet best practices

With the 29th annual conference of the 7F Users Group at the Fairmont Dallas (Tex) Hotel, May 18-22, only a few months away, this might be a good time to register for the world’s largest meeting of frame gas-turbine owner/operators, assuming you haven’t already done so. About 250 users and 150 exhibitors are expected to attend, so the conference hotel could fill up quickly. Check out the meeting agenda, then register online. You can book your room through the website as well.

What follows are 16 best practices for improving safety and performance, and for reducing emissions, shared by seven plants powered by 7F gas turbines. These facilities were recognized for their contributions at the user organization’s 2019 meeting. Recipients of Best of the Best awards were profiled earlier.

St. Charles Energy Center

    • Pocket guides invaluable to new employees
    • Guidelines assist operators in understanding NERC standards
    • Winter preparation important to successful operation
    • Labeling of chemical piping raises awareness, prevents injury
    • Site safety pamphlet provides quick access to emergency information
    • Control-room display of boiler and pressure-vessel certificates


    • Unit axial vibration monitoring

Green Country Energy

    • Complex underground water leak repairs
    • Eliminating chemical-tote handling hazards

Barney Davis

    • Multiple benefits accrue from gas-chromatograph install


    • Lockwire prevents water-injection and fuel-oil purge-valve actuators from coming loose
    • Sounding-cap addition on oil-tank lid

MEAG Wansley, Unit 9

    • LOTO upgrade facilitates maintenance of chemical feed pumps
    • LOTO test points
    • Do your machine guards meet current standards?



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