Witten by: Aaron Larson, POWER Magazine
maintenance turnarounds are vital to long, successful online periods. Getting
the work done quickly and properly takes more than just luck. Good planning and
excellent communication can lead to safe and efficient outages with fewer
hiccups and less stress.
no secret that equipment requires maintenance. Just as your personal vehicle
needs an oil change periodically, a power plant needs to shut down regularly
for a tune-up to take care of all those little issues that would otherwise turn
into big problems.
generating companies are preparing for outages continuously. When one outage
ends, plans begin for the next. Often planning is in progress for major
projects years into the future (Figure 1). Work list items that could not be
completed for one reason or another are added to the next outage schedule. The
entire process is a full-time job, often with entire departments focused on the
what makes some maintenance periods go smoothly—coming in on budget and on
time—while other outages hemorrhage with cost overruns, unexpected delays, and
continual surprises? It is very difficult to foresee every possible problem,
but planning for contingencies and scheduling appropriately are two vital tasks
required to get all involved parties on the same page.
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