GE and Tirreno Power implemented additional safety protocols and procedures to deal with Covid-19
GE said it had completed the installation of a new rotor and the compressor upgrade safely on the GE 9F.03 gas turbine at the 1200 MW Power Plant, Torrevaldaliga Sud, Tirvalso Power, near Rome.
The modernization project began in late February with the aim of increasing the reliability and availability of equipment, which provides power to the Italian network. In the following weeks, when the spread of the pandemic and Covid-19 protection measures were implemented, GE, in line with Tirreno Power, quickly implemented additional safety protocols and procedures to ensure timely and safe completion of the outages.
“With work in progress, it is important for GE to complete the turbine modernization to restore the availability of our plant, which generates the equivalent of electricity consumed by an average of 3 million homes,” said Alessandro Gaglione, Head of Tirreno Power Power Plant. “Depending on the extraordinary technical skills of the staff involved in this critical operation, we decided to confirm a work plan to make our plant immediately available to the national network to help secure energy supplies in the country in an emergency period.”
Modernization consists of installing a new rotor and an improved compressor system to increase the robustness and durability of the turbine. Improved engineering reduces the impact of degradation that occurs naturally with time on rotor components and increases its age. This, in turn, reduces the risk of unplanned downtime and the maintenance that arises.
Engineers from GE and FieldCore – GE’s field service implementation team – worked together and worked closely with Tirreno Power experts to immediately implement a series of safety measures including more frequent disinfectants on site, physical distances including cafeterias and changing rooms at location. and use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. In addition, enhanced actions include the establishment of a GE-FieldCore COVID-19 task force along with a mission to monitor and resolve rapidly developing situations and ensure compliance with local, national and company regulations.
“Increasing the 9F.03 gas turbine is very important to improve the current performance and reliability of the Tirreno Power plant,” said Steven Miller, Service Leader for Europe at GE Gas Power. “During this unprecedented time when access to reliable electricity was more important than ever, we are committed to providing our customers with the exceptional support and services they rely on when leading safety. Apart from the daily challenges caused by the pandemic and isolation that is longer than expected from families and loved ones, our team of 30 people work day and night to complete a power outage, safely. “
Throughout Italy, GE-made technology generates more than one third of the country’s electricity and is supported by the company’s service and maintenance team.
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