O&M

Technical articles on all aspects of power plant operation, preventive and predictive maintenance, planned and unplanned outages


Standardizing PdM, fleetwide
Standardizing PdM,  fleetwide

The pressure on power producers to supply reliable electricity is unyielding. Forced outages, which usually are caused by unexpected component failure or systemic problems, can prove very costly to both…


Computer-based hydro plant scheduling
Computer-based hydro  plant scheduling

Hydroelectric power plant managers face unique scheduling challenges. They have a finite amount of water in their reservoirs available for energy production, and they need to schedule generation according to…


Monitor your fluid levels online
Monitor your fluid levels online

Although fluid monitoring technology has come of age in recent years, its level of sophistication varies widely across industries. Some users of bulk chemicals, fuels, and other fluids use state-of-the-art…


Projects

Kansas City Power & Light Installing SCR at La Cygne Generating Station Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy, has awarded The Babcock & Wilcox…


SWAT team helps shorten forced outage
SWAT team helps shorten forced outage

Calpine Corp.'s South Point Energy Center in Mohave County, Ariz. (Figure 1) is a 520-MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility with two Siemens Westinghouse 501FD gas turbines and one steam turbine-generator…


Wireless vibration monitoring shows benefits
Wireless vibration monitoring shows benefits

The 1,768-MW Baldwin Energy Complex in Illinois was the site of a joint-venture pilot project to demonstrate a wireless vibration-monitoring system for a coal pulverizer. The partners in the project…


How important is IR detector resolution?
How important is IR detector resolution?

Stretching meager maintenance dollars is a way of life for most maintenance staff. In past years, the cost of an infrared (IR) camera usually came down to a choice between…