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Nineteen 2023 meetings focusing on user information needs that you should consider attending

February 19–23, 501F Users Group Annual Meeting, Reno, Nev, Peppermill Resort & Spa. Details/registration at www.501fusers.org as they become available. Chairman: Ivan Kush, Cogentrix Energy Power Management. Contact: Jacki Bennis, jacki@somp.co. February 19-23, 501G Users Group Annual Meeting, Reno, Nev, Peppermill Resort & Spa. Meeting is co-located with the 501F Users Group conference. Details/registration at …

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Riken Keiki gas monitoring system essential for future turbine operations

All in one explosion-proof gas calorimeter which features Continuous measurement, High accuracy & High-speed response. Continuous measurement By combining an optical sensor and a sound velocity sensor to perform unique calculations, the system is not affected by interference from gases that do not have heat content, such as N2, CO2, and O2. OIML R140 Class A equivalent …

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Empire’s upgrades zero-in on solutions for fall prevention

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA general industry standards require fall protection for persons working at heights of 4 ft or greater above a lower level (6 ft for construction). In 2021, falls remained the top OSHA citation for the 11th consecutive year. Fall protection systems include …

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Active, wireless monitoring of high-energy piping improves safety, reliability at St. Charles

St. Charles Energy Center (SCEC) was commissioned in February 2017. Near the end of 2019, the plant experienced a through-wall leak at a girth weld on a hot-reheat (HRH) bypass line to the condenser, resulting in forced-outage time and the loss of generation revenue. But most concerning was that this was a significant safety concern …

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Welcome to outage season! Post-outage checklist for turbine owner/operators critical for success

With outage season in full swing, Greg McAuley, CTO of TRS Services and lead consultant at sister company GMW Consulting, shares his decades of industry experience below in the post-outage checklist he developed for owner/operators of gas and steam turbine/generators. Post-outage reviews and records are particularly important, McAuley says, because you already paid for the …

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Who ya gonna call the day after a ‘bump in the night’?

What do you do when your gas turbine experiences a forced outage (FO), or as Sulzer’s Jim Neurohr and Michael Andrepont put it, a “bump in the night”? Hopefully, your plant already has a plan in place for such emergencies, and they hope you’ll call Sulzer and let them put their full-service shop in LaPorte, …

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Even more safety and O&M best practices shared by colleagues at plants powered by 7F gas turbines

In addition to the best practices published on CCJ Onsite earlier this week, here’s a new batch of ideas owner/operators of any gas turbine can employ at their facility. ESSENTIAL POWER NEWINGTON (EPN), managed by Tom Fallon and operated by Cogentrix Energy Power Management, is a merchant facility that runs primarily on natural gas, and …

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Collector brush system upgrade slashes maintenance requirements

Woodbridge Energy Center Owned by CPV Shore LLC Operated by CAMS 725 MW, gas-fired 2 × 1 7FA.05-powered combined cycle located in Keasbey, NJ Plant manager: Chip Bergeron Challenge. Woodbridge was notified four months before the planned 2020 fall outage that the generator collector brush systems serving its gas and steam turbines soon would be …

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HRSG Forum discussion centers on creep damage, elemental zinc in weld HAZ areas

As usual, a tremendous amount of technical content was offered in two presentations during the HRSG Forum, Jan 28, 2022—No. 7 in a series organized by Chairman Bob Anderson. But the underlying message was more about the state of our industry. A few participants, discussing aging of high-energy piping (HEP), said they were “astonished at …

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MD&A webinars focus on inspection, repair, upgrade of retaining rings, turbine valve actuators, fuel-nozzle life extension, plus alarm troubleshooting

Summaries of MD&A’s spring 2022 webinars on topics of interest to all involved in the operation and maintenance of generating plants powered by gas turbines follow. Both experienced personnel and those new to the industry might benefit from a quick read to identify topics of immediate value and then follow up by listening to recordings …

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