Maintenance Strategy Optimization of a Thermal Power Plant

T. Modiba, A. Telukdarie

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Abstract

The South African power generation sector has been under the spotlight in the last decade due to its inability to produce the required load capacity demanded by the grid. The issue of plant availability comes into question, maintenance on Power Stations has been neglected and has not been conducted efficiently and effectively leading to minimal availability of the plant. Breakdowns are more likely to occur frequently with the maintenance on plant equipment not done frequently leading to none generation. This paper aims at improving maintenance strategies by examining the efficiency of the thermal power plant using Key Performance Indicators and World Class Maintenance standards. A quantitative approach is followed with the analysis of secondary data of all the plant failures and stoppages during plant operation. The performance of the power station is investigated with the use of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness standard as the prominent KPI. The study analyses milling plant failures which have the biggest contribution to the Energy Availability Factor and identifies initiatives that will lead to overall increase in availability and reliability which in turn improves efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1497-1502
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665437714
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2021 - Virtual, Online, Singapore
Duration: 13 Dec 202116 Dec 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2021

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2021
Country/TerritorySingapore
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/12/2116/12/21

Keywords

  • Energy availability factor
  • Key performance indicator
  • Overall equipment effectiveness
  • World class maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Optimization

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