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Update #2


  Harry Eisenbise, a senior mechanical engineer for WorleyParsons, brought attendees at the Combined Cycle Users Group's 2012 conference up to date on materials qualified for high-energy piping systems. Owner/operators still reeling from P91 issues appeared to breathe a sigh of relief when they learned that P92, one option for main-steam and hot-reheat systems, does not yet have widespread support in the US. more

Energy's perfect storm


While the East Coast hunkers down to minimize the effects of a perfect storm of converging severe weather systems, government officials who have been tinkering with the world's most reliable energy delivery systems for the last several years might consider setting political agendas aside and work collaboratively with electric and gas system experts. This to avoid the possibility of an unthinkable perfect storm of failed infrastructure that could precipitate the loss of electric and gas service during a very cold winter. more

Performance Monitoring and Assessment: Pinching pennies saves big bucks

The Performance Monitoring and Assessment session at the recent Combined Cycle Users Group's 2012 Conference offered a primer on practical performance monitoring by Power Plant Performance Specialist James Koch. The independent consultant identified sources of performance loss that he encounters almost daily in his work, including: HRSG tube leaks and leaking drains, bypass valves, and attemperators; condenser air in-leakage; off-normal operation of condensate and vacuum pumps; cooling tower-fouling, poor water distribution, fill degradation, fan issues, etc. more

Monitor corrosion-product transport to gauge steam-cycle health 

Deck-plates personnel generally recognize the importance of good water chemistry; however, relatively few have a high level of comfort with the subject. But when Dan Sampson, one of the industry's top water experts, talks, they listen. Perhaps that's because the WorleyParsons consultant began his career as a nuclear-plant operator and understands first-hand the practical information needs of a proactive O&M team. more

Balance the often competing demands of NERC compliance and security

Have a question on control systems or cyber security? Ask Daniel Noles, TVA's Manager of Controls Engineering Support. The electrical engineer, who started his career on the deck plates of steam plants as a performance engineer, is among the industry's leading thinkers on both subjects. One of the most interesting segments of Noles' presentation at the Combined Cycle Users Group's 2012 Conference had to do with security risks. Threats to the security of the electric power system, he said, act upon vulnerabilities, which may cause abnormalities in system operation that have the potential to produce undesired consequences. more

Life of a Transformer Seminar

Presented by Doble Engineering Co
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
February 18-21, 2013
Life of a Transformer, now in its 10th year, is the industry's most widely acclaimed learning experience on the critical aspects of large power transformers. More than 5000 delegates already have benefitted from the seminar's content, which covers everything from design principles and manufacture through commissioning, failure modes and analysis, online testing, NERC requirements, I&C, repairs, and everything in between. more








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