Supporting Environment, Health & Safety Practices at These Egyptian Marvels of Engineering
Today’s modern power plants are marvels of engineering, technology, and teamwork. After all, they create tremendous heat and force that is then harnessed to create fantastic amounts of electricity.
Although these extremely complex plants are increasingly automated, they still require a full team of engineers and operators that manage and move through the plant, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
With so many “moving parts,” environment, health, and safety (EHS) is at the core of a well-run power plant. High EHS standards not only deliver obvious and immediate benefits to employees and communities, but also contribute to improved plant reliability and availability.
That’s why the GE Power & Water team in Egypt hosted an “Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Outreach Session” for the Middle Delta Electricity Production Company. Held at the company’s Banha Power Plant, the workshop was attended by approximately 30 engineers working in the fields of Operations, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Electrical and EHS.
Five core environment, health and safety topics were discussed during the session: LOTO (lock out and tag out), fall protection, electrical safety, confined-space entry, and crane and rigging safety. The session drew on real-world examples at the plant, provided demonstrations and included a Q&A session. The workshop also anchored GE’s World Class Fleet Plan and supported our contractual service agreement strategy, which is being implemented across all GE turbine sites in Egypt.
The Banha Power Plant is a combined-cycle power plant with two GE 9FA gas turbines that began producing power for the Egyptian grid in 2014. GE also has a five-year Contractual Service Agreement for the turbines that began in January 2015.
The team from Middle Delta Electricity Production Company that attended the session was impressed with the results of the program that they shared their opinion with the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and their sister production companies.