The annual conference of the Steam Turbine Users Group was conducted online for the first time in 2020. The meeting, exclusive to owner/operators, ran four days, spread over a period of four weeks. The 2021 meeting will be an in-person event at the Marriott St. Louis Grand, August 23- 27, and co-located with annual conferences for the 7F, 7EA, and Power Plant Controls user organizations—all organized and managed under the Power Users umbrella. Stay tuned to www.powerusers.org for current conference information.
Program for the first day of last year’s STUG meeting, November 11, focused on user experiences and vendor products and services. Highlights are compiled in the Week One section below. Vendor presentations were limited to 30 minutes each and conducted in two half-hour sessions. While attendees could not participate in more than two vendor presentations during the live Week One program, all presentations—both user and vendor—are available to registered owner/operators on the Power Users website at www.powerusers.org. Several are recordings of the actual presentations, others are PowerPoint slide decks.
November 18 (Week Two) was GE Day and featured technical presentations, Q&A, and open discussion on topics of interest to the user community. These presentations can be accessed through the OEM’s MyDashboard website at https://mydashboard.gepower.com.
Week Three’s agenda, December 2, featured presentations by three owner/operators, MD&A, and Shell Lubricant Solutions, plus an HP/IP roundtable discussion.
STUG2020 concluded December 9 (Week Four) with presentations by three owner/operators, ARNOLD Group, and EthosEnergy Group, plus a roundtable discussion on valves.