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Eileen Chant, PhD, PE
In January 2011, Becht Engineering completed a Risk-based Equipment Reliability Planning (ERP) Development Project for a 600 MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant. The study was conducted during a month long series of meetings with the Becht team, utility management and plant personnel to forward the utility's stated goal of good stewardship for the young, seven-year-old facility. The work scope included developing risk-based inspection and maintenance plans for all fixed equipment, piping, rotating equipment and some critical control valves in the plant.
Becht used its proprietary Risk-Based Equipment Reliability Planning work process which is embedded in the Becht software program STIER© (Strategy Tool for Improving Equipment Reliability) to develop the inspection plan for the plant equipment items. Our work process is compliant with API RP 580, Risk-Based Inspection and ASME PCC-3-2007 Inspection Planning Using Risk-Based Methods.