Category Archives: Best Practices

7F owner/operators capture five top Best Practices Awards

The 7F Users Group and CCJ are working together to expand the sharing of best practices and lessons learned among owner/operators of large frame engines. One of the organization’s objectives is to help its members better operate and maintain their plants, and a proactive best practices program supports this goal. The editors presented a summary […]

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Lawrenceburg: 2019 Best of the Best

Performance, flexibility upgrades boost profitability in dynamic market Lawrenceburg Power operates in the PJM Interconnection. Plant owner Lightstone Generation wanted a reliable, cost-effective upgrade to simultaneously maximize capacity payments and align combustion and hot-gas-path (HGP) inspections at a 32,000-hr maintenance interval.  The plant operates in a shale-gas region and can receive fuel from multiple sources […]

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Effingham: 2019 Best of the Best

Effingham County Power, owned by The Carlyle Group and operated by Cogentrix Energy Power Management, is a 525-MW plant in Rincon, Ga, equipped with a 2 × 1 combined cycle. General manager is Bob Kulbacki. Reduce imbalance and variance charges with consistent plant operation Effingham County Power was awarded one of the eight Best of the Best […]

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Woodbridge: 2019 Best of the Best

High-energy-piping program simplifies inspection, recordkeeping Like any new facility, all of the programs and procedures needed to operate and maintain Woodbridge Energy Center had to be created from scratch. One, the High Energy Piping Program (HEPP), immediately stood out to the plant team as an area that could benefit greatly through customization and simplification. The […]

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Elwood: 2019 Best of the Best

Developing the next generation of multi-skill employees Elwood Energy started commercial operation in 1999. In 2012, prior to the plant’s first ownership change and exit from a PPA environment, the leadership team realized it would have to develop its next generation of employees. Few job candidates with suitable experience demonstrated sufficient promise to thrive in […]

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Rowan: 2019 Best of the Best

Plant Rowan, owned by Southern Company and operated by Southern Power, is a 985-MW generating complex in Salisbury, NC, that has a 2 × 1 combined cycle and three simple-cycle units. Plant manager is Chris Lane. Plant personnel identify, eliminate causes of compressor bleed valve failures Plant Rowan’s 7F compressor bleed valve (CBV) design—consisting of a vented-to-atmosphere, air-to-close/spring-to-open […]

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