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Alstom Best Practices: Orlando Cogen

Condition monitoring system facilitates maintenance decision-making A challenge at Orlando Cogen, a 1 × 1 combined cycle powered by a GT11NMC Alstom engine, was to determine if a wireless condition monitoring system (CMS) could help the 25-year-old plant affordably improve efficiency and/or operational effectiveness through better planning of O&M activities. Plant personnel led by James …

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Alstom owners gain widespread support from third-party vendors

Many Alstom owner/operators were left with a feeling of “abandonment” following GE’s purchase of their OEM four years ago. Cost-cutting reduced Alstom’s field-service capabilities and spare-parts inventory to the bone at a time when GE was reconfiguring its aftermarket organization and developing “cross-platform” capabilities to serve both Alstom and Siemens owners. Recall that a vibrant …

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Training workshops differentiate AOG from other user-group meetings

There’s pent up demand for engine-specific knowledge among Alstom gas-turbine (and steam turbine) owner/operators given the OEM’s flagging efforts in customer training as its commercial activities wound down before the sale to GE, and in the months that followed the transfer in ownership. Both users and vendors recognized this and collaborated to develop a conference …

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Absent a true OEM, Alstom Owners Group is a safety net for users

Powerplant work can be lonely, particularly when you’re employed at a combined-cycle plant where the total headcount might only be a couple of dozen folks, even for a 2 × 1 advanced-class unit. “Thin” staffing takes on a new meaning these days, especially when only a few employees have a decade or more of relevant …

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Got a ‘vintage’ GT? An hour’s investment pays dividends in cost-effective options

If your site has a pre-F-class gas turbine, in peaking or combined-cycle mode, and you think there’s more money to be had playing the spot-capacity or flexible-start markets, take an hour and listen to TTS Power’s recorded webinar below conducted a couple of weeks ago. Chances are, you’ll come away with an option that not …

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Rotor replacement/refurbishment project in full swing @ Midland Cogeneration Venture

Doosan Turbomachinery Services personnel present a new, replacement 11NM gas-turbine rotor to key staff from the customer, Midland Cogeneration Ventures (MCV), which now has three new rotors in operation with no issues reported. Another engine at the 12-unit site will receive a new rotor in the spring, yet another in the fall. Current plan is …

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Boost turbine performance with an upgraded insulation system

User-group meetings afford the opportunity to expand your knowledge of gas and steam turbines, and generators, and their controls, auxiliaries, etc. Virtual conferences on these topics are especially convenient and economical for staff training. They allow participation by everyone in the plant, not just the select few who would attend an in-person meeting. The best …

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Heads-Up! March 5 is Training Day at the 2021 AOG conference

Variety of extended learning opportunities for powerplant end users One of the distinguishing characteristics of annual meetings hosted by the Alstom Owners Group is its training courses. This year’s program, outlined below, features seven two-hour training sessions on Friday, March 5—all starting at 10:00. A good strategy might be to select the topics of greatest …

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