Shutting down a power plant is a complex process that can be stressful and complicated. But having a step-by-step process to follow can simplify the entire procedure, especially when it comes to shutting down and servicing steam and water sample conditioning systems or analyzers.
Why shut down?
Power plant operators typically shut down power plants and schedule maintenance in the spring and the fall to help ensure that the plants are available to meet peak electric demand in the summer and winter.
With the U.S. Energy Information Administration projecting that world energy consumption will grow by 48% between 2012 and 2040, it’s more critical than ever to ensure power plants are maintained properly to deliver the reliable power we need.
Protect plant equipment – Scheduling an outage prevents damaging plant equipment, which can cost millions of dollars.
Safety – Following a step-by-step approach to shutting down your power plant ensures the safety of personnel and plant equipment. It allows operators to systematically inspect every aspect of the plant before, during and after the shutdown to prevent accidents and injuries.
Maintenance – During a shutdown, operators can handle general maintenance, repairs and modifications, which can help prevent unexpected outages during high demand times. Regular maintenance ensures analyzers are calibrated and safely operating at peak performance with adequate levels of reagents.
Cost – Planning an outage in spring and fall, when demand is lower, minimizes the overall cost of the shutdown. It also helps reduce expensive outages later in the year.
Make the most of your scheduled shutdown
Choosing the right service partner can help you achieve more before, during and after a scheduled shutdown.
Look for a partner that can give you a comprehensive service plan, including regularly scheduled preventative maintenance; troubleshooting; safety inspections; analyzer calibration, verification and certification.
Your partner should dedicate local service technicians to your facility so they fully understand your challenges and goals. These experts can inspect the condition of components; clean, repair or replace wearable parts; replenish reagents and other consumables; and test sample flow and filter systems. They can also coordinate the ordering of consumables and reagents so you have them on hand for continued smooth operation.