Commissioning and Start-Up Activities of Coal Power Plants: Preparation, Planning, Pre-Commissioning Checks and Tests, Commissioning Schedule, Detailed Commissioning Procedures and Instructions for each Equipment in a Coal Power Plant, Instrumentation, Trial Run of each Equipment, Safety and Precautions, Commissioning of Coal Power Plant Systems, Safety Rules Clearance Certificates, Procedure for the Control and Handling of Defects, Commissioning Reports (3.0 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily.
This seminar provides a comprehensive understanding of all the commissioning and start-up activities of coal power plants. The Commissioning Management System of coal power plants is covered in detail in this seminar. This includes all the commissioning procedures and documents, purpose of commissioning, responsibilities, system description, organization, working parties, test teams, documentation, testing and commissioning schedules, test reports, safety, plant certification, and plant completion report. The seminar provides also a thorough understanding of all the commissioning requirements for boiler and auxiliaries, turbines and auxiliaries, generator and auxiliaries, electrical equipment, switchgear equipment, switchgear, and transformers. All the stages of the commissioning procedure are covered in-depth in this seminar. This includes preparation – planning various activities, pre-commissioning checks and tests, typical commissioning schedule, detailed tests and commissioning procedures and instructions for every component in a coal power plant, instrumentation, trial run of the equipment, safety and precautions, commissioning of coal power plant systems, Safety Rules Clearance Certificates, procedure for the control and handling of defects, Commissioning Reports.
This seminar is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the pre-commissioning or commissioning of any coal power plant equipment because it provides detailed pre-commissioning checks and tests and detailed tests and commissioning procedures and instructions for every component in a coal power plant. In addition, the seminar provides in-depth coverage of all preparation, planning activities, commissioning schedules, trial run of each coal power plant equipment, safety and precautions, Safety Rules Clearance Certificates, Procedures for handling defects, and Commissioning Reports.

Who Should Attend
  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals
Seminar Outcome
  • Pre-Commissioning Checks and Tests, Detailed Tests and Commissioning Procedures and Instructions for Every Equipment in Coal Power Plants: Gain a thorough understanding of all pre-commissioning checks and tests, and all commissioning procedures and instructions for every equipment in coal power plants
  • Commissioning Management System of Coal Power Plants: Discover the benefits of the Commissioning Management System of coal power plants including all commissioning procedures and documents, purpose of commissioning, responsibilities, system description, organization, working parties, test teams, documentation, testing and commissioning schedules, test reports, safety, plant certification, and plant completion report
  • Commissioning Procedures and Instructions for Boiler and Auxiliaries in Coal Power Plants: Learn about the commissioning procedures and instructions for boiler and auxiliaries including all commissioning activities, typical commissioning schedule, hydraulic test and wet preservation, air and gas tightness test, trial run of equipment, electronic precipitators, fuel oil system, preparation for first light up, alkali boil – out, acid cleaning and passivation, thermal flow test of economizer, water walls, and superheater, valves, steam boiling, safety valve setting, and soot blowers.
  • Commissioning Procedures and Instructions for Turbine and Auxiliaries: Gain a thorough understanding of all the commissioning procedures and instructions for turbine and auxiliaries including acid cleaning of oil pipelines, lubrication and governing system (oil flushing and hydraulic testing), jacking oil system, governing system, regenerative system, barring gear, vacuum tightness test, first rolling of turbine and data logging
  • Commissioning Procedures and Instructions for Generator and Auxiliaries: Discover all the commissioning procedures and instructions for generator and auxiliaries including generator, seal oil system, hydrogen gas system, stator water system, rolling and payment of generator
  • Commissioning Procedures and Instructions for Electrical Equipment: Learn about all the commissioning procedures and instructions for electrical equipment including switchyard equipment, switchgear, transformers, and motors
  • Coal Power Plant Equipment and Systems: Learn about various coal power plant equipment and systems including: boilers, superheaters, reheaters, steam turbines, governing systems, deaerators, feedwater heaters, coal-handling equipment, transformers, generators and auxiliaries
Training Methodology
The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the delegates gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because the participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature
Each delegate will receive a digital copy of relevant materials from the following written by the instructor:
  1. “POWER GENERATION HANDBOOK” second edition published by McGraw-Hill in 2012 (800 pages)
  2. Excerpt of the relevant chapters from the “POWER PLANT EQUIPMENT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE” published by McGraw-Hill in 2012 (800 pages)
  3. COAL POWER PLANT COMMISSIONING MANUAL (includes practical information about all pre-commissioning checks and tests, typical commissioning schedule, detailed tests and commissioning procedures and instructions for every component and system in coal power plants - 300 pages) 

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh, M.A.Sc., B.Eng., D.Eng., P.Eng. (Canada) has been a teacher at University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Canada for more than 24 years. In addition, Prof Kiameh has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. Prof Kiameh has been consistently ranked as "Excellent" or "Very Good" by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.
Prof Kiameh wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by Prof Kiameh:
  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
Prof. Kiameh has received the following awards:
  1. The first "Excellence in Teaching" award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  2. The "Excellence in Teaching Award" in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  3. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).
  4. Entrance Scholarship to University of Ottawa (1984).
  5. Natural Science and Engineering Research Counsel (NSERC) scholarship towards graduate studies – Master of Applied Science in Engineering (1984 – 1985).
Prof. Kiameh performed research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories. He also has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (formerly, Ontario Hydro - the largest electric utility in North America).
While working at Ontario Hydro, Prof. Kiameh acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time that Prof Kiameh worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.
Later, Prof Kiameh worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by Prof Kiameh covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.
Professor Philip Kiameh was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree "with distinction" from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Day 1 – Commissioning Management System, Commissioning of Boiler and Auxiliaries, Commissioning of Electrostatic Precipitators, Commissioning of Fuel Oil System, Preparation for First Light-up
  • Commissioning Procedure and Documents: Purpose of Commissioning, Responsibilities, System Description, Organization, Working Parties, Test Teams, Documentation, Safety, Plant Certification, Plant Completion Report,
  • Boiler and Auxiliaries: Commissioning Activities, Preparation – Planning Various Activities, Typical Commissioning Schedule,
  • Hydraulic Test and Wet Preservation: Water Filling, Drainable Parts, Hydrostatic Testing, Wet Preservation
  • Air and Gas Tightness Test: Procedure for the test, Furnace Zone, Second Pass of Boiler, Electrostatic Precipitator, Forced Draft Fan Ducts, Primary Air Fan Ducts, protocol on smoke generator test of the boiler
  • Trial Run of Equipment: Fan, air heaters, Mills
  • Commissioning of Electrostatic Precipitator: Pre-commissioning Checks – Mechanical, Pre-Commissioning Checks – Electrical, Before the First Light of the Boiler, Gas Distribution Test
  • Fuel Oil System: Flushing of H.S.D Lines with Oil, Tests, constructional Tests, Pre-commissioning Tests, Commissioning Tests
  • Preparation for First Light Up: System, Checking of Ignitor System, Check on Oil Characteristics, Check on Equipment in Oil/Air Lines, Pre-Check Before Light-up, Testing Furnace Probe, First Light Up of The Boiler, Expansion Movement of Boiler
Day 2 – Chemical Cleaning of Boiler, Thermal Flow Test for Economizer, Water Walls, and Superheater, Commissioning of Valves, Commissioning of Soot Blowers
  • Alkali Boil – Out: Chemical Cleaning of Boiler, Water Washing, Alkali Boil Out, Rinsing, Commissioning Protocol for Alkali Boil Out
  • Acid Cleaning & Passivation: Process, Acid Cleaning, Rinsing After Acid Cleaning, Citric Acid Rinsing, D.M. Water Rinsing, Neutralization, Passivation, Pumps, Tanks, and Miscellaneous Items, Specifications of Chemicals, Commissioning Protocol for Each Cleaning
  • Thermal Flow Test of Economizer, Water Walls and Superheater: Instrument, Principle of Operation, Procedure For Water Walls and Economizer, Procedure For Superheaters, Commissioning Protocol for Thermal Flow Test
  • Commissioning of Valves: Check List of Valves, Motorized Valves, Pneumatic-Operated Valves, Control Valves, Safety Valves
  • Steam Blowing: Basic Technique Used, Scheme, Reheat Safety Valve Setting, Precautions
  • Safety Valve Setting: Constructional Test, Pre-Commissioning Tests, Commissioning, Protocol on Safety Valve Setting
  • Commissioning of Soot Blowers: Readings for Operation with Steam (Mechanical), Check Up of Electrical System, Commissioning of Blowers without Steam
Day 3 – Turbine and Auxiliaries, Acid Cleaning of Oil Pipelines, Lubrication and Governing System, Jacking Oil System, Governing System, Regenerative System, Boiler Feed Pump Commissioning, Barring Gear, Vacuum Tightness Test, Check List of First Rolling of Turbine
  • Turbines and Auxiliaries
  • Acid Cleaning of Oil Pipelines: Passivation and Drying, Final Erection in Position, Safety
  • Lubrication and Governing System: Preparation for Oil Filling in Man oil tank, Charging of Oil Systems, Oil Flushing Circuit of a Typical 200/210 MW Turbine Lube Oil System, Oil Flushing, Hydraulic Testing of Oil System, Additional Checks to be Made on Turbine Oil System
  • Jacking Oil System: Oil Flushing, Relief Valve Setting, Preparation for Hydraulic Testing, Hydraulic Testing
  • Governing System: Checking of Governing System
  • Regenerative System: Preparations, Procedure, Shell Sides and Drain Lines of Heaters, Safety and Precaution, HP/LP Heaters
  • Boiler Feed Pump Commissioning: Constructional Tests, Pre-Commissioning, Commissioning Tests
  • Barring Gear: Preparation, Trial Run of Motor, Preparation for Putting The Barring Gear in Operation
  • Vacuum Tightness Test: Preparation of the System Before Filling with DM Water, Vacuum Tightness Test By Filling Up with DM Water, Raising the Vacuum in Condenser
  • Check List for First Rolling of Turbine (200/210 MW), Preparation, Preliminary Operation Before Rolling, Operation to Be Carried out For The Units with HP/IP Bypass System, Data to be Collected During Commissioning and Also After Loading to Full Capacity in 200/210 MW Turbine Generator Set
Day 4 – Generator and Auxiliaries, Generator, Commissioning of Seal Oil System, Hydrogen Gas System, Stator Water System, Rolling and Dryout of Generator
  • Generator General Inspection and Checks
  • Generator: Preliminary Checks of Resistance’ Insulation Resistance, Ohmic Resistances, Generator Stator Winding, Generator Rotor Winding
  • Generator Testing: Laboratory Tests, Field Tests
  • Laboratory Diagnostic Tests of Stator Winding Insulation: Voltage Endurance Test, Thermal Cycling, Dissection of Coils, Insulation Failure Analysis, Partial Discharge Test, Dissipation Factor, Turn-to-Turn, Multi-Factor stress, Forensic Analysis
  • Field Tests: Insulation Resistance Test, DC Winding Resistance Test, Visual Inspection Test, Digital Electromagnetic Core Imperfection Detector (EL-CID), Partial Discharge Data Interpretation and Analysis, Corona Probe Test, Dissipation Factor (tan delta test), AC and DC Hi-pot Test, Wedge Tightness Test, Core Repair, if Loose, Insulation Condition Assessment
  • Rotor Testing: Recurrent Surge Oscillograph (RSO), Air Purge Test, Insulation Resistance Test, Winding Resistance Test, Impedance Test, Bolt and Air Tightness Test, Die-Penetrant and Ultrasound Test of the Retaining Rings
  • Seal Oil System: Equipment Inspection, Control Panels, AC Seal Oil Pump Motor Set, DC Seal Oil Pump Motor Set, Oil Injector, Induction Liquid Indicator, Seal Oil Coolers, Seal Oil Filters, Damper Tank, Differential Pressure Regulator, Pressure Oil Regulator, Exhaust Fan and Motor on The Drain Header, Exhaust Fan and Motor on Main Oil Tank, Commissioning of Seal Oil Starting Panel, Commissioning of Seal Oil Signaling Panel, Check with 200 V DC and AC Supplies, Trial Run of Seal Oil Pump Motors, DC Seal Oil Pump Motor, Trial Run of Exhaust Fans, Oil Flushing, Trial Run of AC Seal Oil Pump, Second Stage Flushing, Third Stage Flushing, Fourth Stage Flushing, Fifth Stage Flushing, Commissioning of The System
  • Hydrogen Gas System: Equipment Inspection, Hydrogen Manifold, Carbon Dioxide Manifold, Hydrogen Gas Drier, Hydrogen Control Panel, hydrogen Cooling Water Pumps and Motors, Hydrogen Gas Coolers, Gas System Piping and Valves, Instrument, Gas Tightness Test of Generator with Gas and Seal Oil System, Requirements, Testing of CO2 Manifold Associated Elements and Piping, Testing of Gas Analyzer, Associated Elements and Piping, Final Gas Tightness test, Trial Run of Hydrogen Cooling Water Pump Motors, Trial Run of The Pumps, Charging Hydrogen Coolers, Conclusions
  • Stator Water System: Equipment Inspection, Stator Water Cooling Pumps and Motors, Water Coolers, Water Filter, Magnetic Filter, Expansion Tank, Water Jet Ejector, Stator Water System Piping and Valves, Gas Trap, Instruments, Commissioning of Stator Water Starting Panel, Checks with 220 V DC and AC Supplies, Trial Run of Stator Cooling Water Pump Motor, Flushing of Stator Cooling Water System, First Stage Flushing (By pass all equipment except filters), Second Stage Flushing (Cooler B included), Third Stage Flushing (Cooling A included), Fourth Stage Flushing (Magnetic filters included), Trial Run of Stator Water Pumps (5th stage flushing), Commissioning of The System (Final run)
  • Rolling and Dryout of Generator: Requirements for rolling, Requirements for Dryout, Rolling (200/210 MW Turbines) BTPS/SSTPP, Checks During Rolling, Dryout Operation, Hydrogen Filling in The Generator
  • Electrical Equipment: Switchyard Equipment, 400 kV Air Blast Circuit Breaker, Pantograph Isolator, Horizontal Centre-Break Isolator, Current Transformers, Capacitor Voltage Transformer, Lightning Arrestor, Earthing Switch
  • Switchgear: Description, Tests
Day 5 – Transformer Pre-Commissioning Tests, Transformer Commissioning, Electrical Equipment, Commissioning of Circuit Breakers and Switchgear, Commissioning Reports
  • Record the Salient Parameters of the Transformer, Pre-Commissioning Checks, General Checks, Winding Temperature Indicator (WTI) and Oil Temperature Indicator (OTI), Buchholtz Relays, General Inspection, Functional Checks
  • Transformer Pre-Commissioning Tests: Insulation Resistance Test, Dielectric Absorption and Polarization Index Tests, Two Voltage Test (Step Voltage Test)
  • Transformer Commissioning Tests: Magnetic Balance Test, Excitation Current Measurement, Short Circuit Impedance Measurement, Frequency Response Analysis, Winding Resistance Measurement, Recovery Voltage Measurement (RVM), Online Moisture Measurement Through Domino, Capacitance and Tan Measurement, Dissolved Gas Analysis, Furan Analysis in Oil, Measurement of Voltage Ratio and Check of Phase Displacement, Measurement of Short-Circuit Impedance and Load Loss, Measurement of No-Load Loss and Current, Dielectric Tests, Separate Source ac Voltage Test, Induced ac Voltage Test, Partial Discharge Measurement, Tests on On-Load Tap Changer, Open-Circuit and Short-Circuit Tests, temperature-rise test, lightning-impulse tests, switching impulse voltage test, Measurement of Zero Sequence Impedance(s), Determination of Sound Level, Measurement of Harmonics of the No-Load Current, Measurement of Insulation Resistance, Short-Circuit Withstand Test, Condensation Test, Condensation and Humidity Penetration Test, Low Temperature Test, Heat Shock Test at -5C, Heating Shock Test at -25C
  • Testing of HV Bushing
  • Blocked Cooling System: Thermoscanning of Radiators, Differential Temperature, High Oil Winding Temperature
  • Transformer Water Content in Oil and Paper, Dependency Between the Water Content in Mineral Oil and Cellulose Paper
  • Relay Tests
  • Transformer Commissioning
  • Circuit Breakers: SF6 Circuit Breakers, Vacuum Circuit Breakers, Air Blast Circuit Breaker, Oil-Filled Circuit Breaker, Short-Circuit Current
  • Commissioning of Switchgear and Circuit Breakers: Start-Up and Commissioning, Protection, Mechanical Checks and Visual Inspection, Electrical Inspection, Insulation Resistance, Contact Resistance, Functional Operation, Auxiliary Equipment
  • HT Motor, Tests, Format and Guidance for Commissioning Reports, Safety Rules Clearance Certificate, Record of Initial Operation Certificate, Procedure for The Control & Handling of Defects, Stage I: Requirements for the Issue of Safety Clearance Certificate, Requirement for the Internal Takeover Certificate, Stage IV: Internal Final Contract Certificate Up to Guarantee Period

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