Meeting Face to Face in Pakistan to Boost Power Generation Reliability
We often talk about the power of new technology and new forces such as the Industrial Internet to improve industrial operations. But let’s not forget the incredible benefits that meeting face-to-face can bring to problem solving and operational improvements.
Case in point is the recently held Engineering and Technical Workshop hosted in Lahore by the GE Pakistan Power & Water’s Power Generation Services team. It’s the fourth such session the team has held, so clearly it has a track record of delivering value to GE customers.
Participants included dozens of customer representatives from four 6FA sites where GE provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services. Also at the workshop were the GE Pakistan Power Generation Services team and a GE Engineering team from Dubai and Qatar.
The 6FA gas turbine workshop offered extensive opportunities to share lessons learned across a wide range of operational experiences in diverse power generation environments.
Attendees brought their diverse experiences and skills together to improve plant operational performance and reliability in the face of technical challenges that have arisen during their operations in the country.
During the event, the GE Engineering team covered a variety of technical issues, such as high exhaust temperature spreads in gas turbines and the effects of grid disturbances, along with GE’s solutions to address these issues. Open clinic discussions were also held, where site-specific issues and their remedial actions were discussed in detail to prevent recurrence.
“This session is part of our concerted efforts to put our customers at the center of our planning and strategy, and to live the GE belief that customers determine our success,” said Zahid Naseem, GE’s Maintenance Manager at the 225 megawatt (MW) Combined-Cycle Saif Power Plant, which is located in the Sahiwal District of Punjab Province.
In 2010, GE signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pakistan government to develop the country’s energy resources to meet projected demand by 2020, building on the company’s more than five decades in the Pakistani power sector. Today, GE-built equipment provides more than 25% of the nation’s electricity