The units were reported to run for over 10 years without carrying out regular maintenance as per OEM recommendations. AIG’s team has then paid several site visits and reviewed the health check required for the units as well as the advantages of keeping capital, insurance and consumable spares versus complete failure emergencies. The team eventually recommended a list of spare parts and identified the value added engineering and repair scope of work and overhaul action plan with WDEPC maintenance team two weeks before the implementation begins. A detailed cost and benefit analysis of the project was also submitted to the customer.
WDEPC's Sidi Kerir Power Plant Overhaul Project Exceeds Expectations
Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy's plans to have ZERO failures or unplanned shutdown were successfully met and West Delta Electricity Production Company's extended warranty requests were fulfilled.
In the wake of 2011’s uprising, Egypt’s energy sector, led by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, experienced many delays in the overhaul plans recommended by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The legal and financial risks at this time also halted the progress of many running operations with international service providers.
With over 20 years of practical experience in the energy industry, AIG approached all of Swedish industrial company ATLAS COPCO’s (AC’s) customers of Egyptian power generation plants that operate a fleet of fuel gas booster compressors under the leadership of the electricity ministry in 2014. After a detailed technical assessment in the light of the OEM recommendations, AIG’s specialists spotted an imperative need to do the necessary repair and maintenance of a 3x AC Booster Gas Compressors (Type SC-10) in the production units of West Delta Electricity Production Company (WDEPC) located in SIDI KERIR, Alexandria.
Petrogas struggled to establish a solid monitoring and controlling process across its nine areas of operations spreading all around Egypt.
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Technical and commercial negotiations took place in 2017, while parts and services were delivered in 2018.
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Despite hindering challenges like strict budget and time constraints, in addition to concerns over the country’s security and financial stability, the implementation process ran successfully and exceeded expectations. From repair and maintenance operations to new capital spares’ purchases, the daily activities reporting scheme was precisely followed. In addition, inventory spare parts, safety measures, work order permits, and all related personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools were being regularly checked.
Moreover, OEM experts were involved on a daily basis to review activities done and discuss the customer’s comments and the following day’s operations. Meanwhile, managers from the customer side were being briefed on a weekly manner with the work progress.
Even with the long delivery time by the OEM and the prolonged execution time after supply of spare parts at site, the project panned out two weeks earlier than the estimated timeframe. After all, the ministry’s plans to have ZERO failures or unplanned shutdown were successfully met and WDEPC’s extended warranty requests were fulfilled.