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WattBridge: Modeling for successful proactive remote monitoring and diagnostics

H O Clarke, Topaz, and Braes Bayou Owned by WattBridge Operated by ProEnergy 1248 MW (Clark and Braes Bayou each have eight 48-MW LM6000PC engines; Topaz, ten 48-MW LM6000PC machines). All are gas-fired peaking units located in the Houston area Plant manager: Kevin Chaffin Challenge. By their nature, peaking units must have high availability. As …

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WattBridge: Roving work crews effectively support small onsite staffs

H O Clarke, Topaz, and Braes Bayou Owned by WattBridge Operated by ProEnergy 1248 MW (Clark and Braes Bayou each have eight 48-MW LM6000PC engines; Topaz, ten 48-MW LM6000PC machines). All are gas-fired peaking units located in the Houston area Plant manager: Kevin Chaffin Challenge. Today’s O&M environment faces a triple challenge: First, staff shortages …

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WattBridge: Seasonal shelters protect plant equipment in winter

H O Clarke, Topaz, and Braes Bayou Owned by WattBridge Operated by ProEnergy 1248 MW (Clark and Braes Bayou each have eight 48-MW LM6000PC engines; Topaz, ten 48-MW LM6000PC machines). All are gas-fired peaking units located in the Houston area Plant manager: Kevin Chaffin Challenge. Climatic stress has no geographic boundary. As more-frequent extreme-cold events …

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Exira: Freeze-protection improvements assure high availability, reliable starts in winter

Exira Station Owned by Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Operated by Missouri River Energy Services 140 MW, 3 × 0 gas-fired peaking facility with diesel-oil backup, located in Brayton, Iowa. The LM6000PC engines are equipped with Sprint Plant manager: Ed Jackson Background. Exira Station’s design minimum operating temperature is ‒26F. Plant often is called on …

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Broad River: Rigorous planning significantly improves outage results

Broad River Energy Center Owned and operated by Onward Energy 865 MW, dual-fuel facility in Gaffney, SC, with five 7FA.03 simple-cycle units, each equipped with an IST once-through steam generator Plant manager: Malcolm Hubbard Background. Having five GT/HRSG trains, each consisting of a 7FA.03 and a once-through steam generator, managing outages at Broad River Energy …

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Broad River: Starting reliability on oil improves with filtration

Broad River Energy Center Owned and operated by Onward Energy 865 MW, dual-fuel facility in Gaffney, SC, with five 7FA.03 simple-cycle units, each equipped with an IST once-through steam generator Plant manager: Malcolm Hubbard Challenge. Broad River Energy Center is a dual-fuel gas-turbine facility. Reliability when starting on distillate, or switching to it from gas, …

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Amman East: Admin building HVAC operational improvement

Amman East Power Plant Owned by AES Corp, Mitsui, and Nebras Power Operated by AES Jordan PSC 400 MW, gas-fired with diesel-oil backup, 2 × 1 combined cycle powered by AE94.2 gas turbines, located in Al Manakher, Jordan. COD was September 2009 Plant manager: Feras Hammad Challenge. The climate-control system serving Amman East’s administration building …

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Amman East: ACC washing system changes promote safer operation, improved performance

Amman East Power Plant Owned by AES Corp, Mitsui, and Nebras Power Operated by AES Jordan PSC 400 MW, gas-fired with diesel-oil backup, 2 × 1 combined cycle powered by AE94.2 gas turbines, located in Al Manakher, Jordan. COD was September 2009 Plant manager: Feras Hammad Challenge. The washing system for cleaning Amman East’s air-cooled …

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