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7F Users Group 2023: User Presentations and Discussion

Seasoned owner/operator personnel tackle the biggest industry issues  The depth and breadth of experience represented by 11 owner/operator presentations at the 2023 7F Users Group Conference can be summed up like this: Chronologically, they represent machines dating back to the original F-class gas turbines (GT) off of the test stands in 1988. Numerically, these users […]

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WORK MANAGEMENT: A proven method for improving operational reliability

By Rishi Velkar and Todd Robison, NV Energy Combined-cycle plants built during the construction boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s are now about 70% through their 30-yr design lives. Although not originally designed to cycle, ever-increasing amounts of solar energy readily available on the grid, especially in the Southwest, make it economically prudent for these

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Webinar Series: Machine learning improves CCGT availability, capacity, and efficiency

Case studies on generation M&D, predictive analytics, capacity/fuel demand forecasting, and performance testing This webinar series, presented by Primex Process Specialists, is directed specifically towards power plant owners and operators to introduce machine-learning basics and how this rapidly evolving technology can improve power plant availability, capacity, and efficiency. Each webinar will include a 30-minute live presentation followed

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Non-OEM solutions providers talk generators, turbine upgrades, and more

As we prepare for the upcoming 7F Users Group annual conference in Atlanta, May 15-19, let’s take a look back at some of the most pertinent vendor presentations from last year, many of which will be updated and presented this year. Good to have some background details and foundational information of the non-OEM solutions for

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Rumford best practices cut O&M costs, reduce hot start duration

Rumford Power LLC Owned and operated by Cogentrix Energy Power Management 270 MW, gas-fired 1 × 1 7FA.03-powered combined cycle equipped with a Nooter Eriksen HRSG and a GE A10 steam turbine, located in Rumford, Me Plant manager: Justin Castagna Reduce O&M cost by cutting energy consumption when offline Challenge. The operational profile for Rumford

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Salem Harbor: Winter-readiness testing upgrades reduce startup issues

Salem Harbor Station Owned by Footprint Power Salem Harbor Development LP Operated by NAES Corp 674 MW, two gas-fired 1 × 1 7FA.05-powered combined cycles equipped with Doosan HRSGs and GE A14 steam turbines, located in Salem, Mass Plant manager: Max Greig Challenge. Salem Harbor Station is located on the seacoast in the Northeast, where

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CCUG honors Dave Such with its Individual Achievement Award

Xcel Energy’s Dave Such was selected the lone recipient of the Combined Cycle Users Group’s Individual Achievement Award (IAA) in 2022, the 26th person to be so honored (list below) since the award’s inception in 2013. Voting is by members of the CCUG’s steering committee, chaired by Phyllis Gassert of Talen Energy. Aaron Kitzmiller of

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Steering committee polls 7F users to identify top attendee interest areas for 2023 meeting

The 7F Users Group’s 2023 conference is less than three weeks off and the steering committee (list below) is polling owner/operators to be sure one or more discussion topics of importance have not been left off the agenda inadvertently. This is the first time such a poll has been conducted ahead of this annual meeting

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