an Award-winning asset management program
NS Power was recently awarded Best Asset Management Program by Uptime Magazine,
an international maintenance and reliability publication. The award
acknowledges organizations and individuals who have achieved high levels
of performance and reliability across all industries, not only the
energy sector. Recipients are selected by a panel of industry experts
based on several rounds of interviews and detailed presentation.
of the Asset Management team accepted the award on behalf of Power
Production at the 2015 International Maintenance Conference (IMC) in
December and gave a presentation on NS Power’s Asset Management
approach. This conference is attended by more than 1,000 asset
management and reliability peers from more than 40 countries.
the Power Production team, it all started six years ago. “We were faced
with aging infrastructure – plants 30 or 40 years old - a workforce
nearing retirement, an industry transitioning towards renewable energy,
regulatory changes and stakeholders rightfully expecting more
transparency,” says Rob Macneil, Senior Technical Advisor with the Asset
Management team. “This demanded a shift in our organizational
philosophy towards asset management, which would ultimately lead to a
more cost-effective and reliable service for our customers.”
team was assembled and began the design and implementation of an
enhanced approach. They had their work cut out for them. The team would
look after 10,000 assets in power production, including power plants,
combustion turbines and hydro sites.
“We knew our program had to
be strategically aligned with how we plan to use our units long-term,
but also inform near-term maintenance strategies,” says Warren Rodgers,
Senior Engineer with Asset Management. “Other considerations were outage
requirements, operating limitations, investment, and risk-assessment.”
Asset Management Team and Power Production team certainly delivered,
and today we have an award-winning Asset Management program that we’ve
standardized across our fleet.
Warren says the conference was
different from the others they’d attended. “Normally when we attend
conferences, we meet and share with folks our story and our journey into
the world of asset management,” he recalls. “At this conference, there
was a sense of added pride when someone would respond to our story with
“Wow, that’s great!”.
To see all winners, visit the IMC-2015 web site at www.imc-2015.com.
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