The hand-over of a new energy-from-waste plant in the south of England has taken place. A series of written test protocols and procedures have been drawn up to provide an approach to assess the plant’s performance. Subsequently, technicians have been commissioned to undertake the actual testing and measurements required.
“Our client is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the plant,” says Service Leader, John Galbraith who oversees the project. “They approached us because they needed to demonstrate to the plant’s owner/operator that the facility will meet a range of performance guarantees. As an independent third party we were able to provide the expertise and impartiality both parties required.”
The power plant, which is currently in the commissioning stage of construction, is designed to use refuse-derived fuel to raise steam for electricity generation. The test protocols and procedures that John and his team developed related to a wide range of operational issues, including reliability, thermal capacity, waste throughput and net power output.
“In some cases we specified tests to prove compliance with recognised standards,” explains John. “These included environmental performance tests using standard reference methods for which we have accreditation. In other cases, we had to come up with bespoke tests to prove a certain point. These were developed by studying the operation of the plant and by using our expertise to determine how best to demonstrate that a certain performance guarantee has been met.”
The documentation on how to demonstrate the plant’s performance was recently delivered. This work was well received and TUV SUD NEL was subsequently commissioned to do the practical testing and measurement required.
For more details, contact John Galbraith.
25 October 2018