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Enhancing Power Plant Performance - William O'Brien, Entegra Power Group


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William O’Brien, a speaker at the marcus evans Power Plant Management Summit 2012, on power plant efficiency and optimizing aging assets.
Interview with: William O’Brien, Vice President, Engineering & Operations, Entegra Power Group

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Enhancing Power Plant Performance - William O'Brien, Entegra Power Group

  1. 1. Enhancing Power Plant Performance years. Plant managers must continue employees again and again as things creative maintenance efforts while change. developing and implementing long-term maintenance plans to allow equipment to The industry is currently challenged operate reliably into and beyond their with an aging workforce. What golden years. This will require a should power plant managers do? significant planning process to maintain the integrity of operational assets, as The most powerful tool that any well as maintaining the effectiveness of organization has is its workers. In the the workforce operating and maintaining next 10 years, the experience base in the plants. the industry will suffer significantly, as a very large percentage of the workforce What are the latest regulations and will reach retirement age. CompaniesInterview with: William O’Brien, mandates that will have an impact must design and implement programsVice President, Engineering & on the industry? now to be prepared to replenish theOperations, Entegra Power Group experience base from within their ranks Current regulatory developments whenever possible so that they are designed to protect the bulk electric positioned to be successful going“Many power plants are challenged system relative to safety and reliability forward. Companies and plant managerswith aging equipment and workforces are important to the integrity of the should work hand in hand with thethat were built and staffed 10, 20 or system. Unfortunately, there has been various educational systems, especiallymore years ago,” according to William some over reaction to incidents and the in their local areas, to developO’Brien, Vice President, Engineering & result is over-regulation in many sectors supporting curriculums and encourageOperations, Entegra Power Group. of the industry. Meeting and then students to take career paths that willUtilizing effective staffing concepts maintaining compliance with these help the industry stay ahead of thecombined with a comprehensive regulations takes considerable planning game. Being successful does not have tomaintenance program should allow the and costs a significant amount of money. mean you are a Doctor, lawyer orplants to continue operating efficiently All plants are obligated to comply with engineer and it is time we communicatewell beyond their designed life cycle, he these regulations but often do not have the fact that being an operator,adds. the capability to pass those costs on to technician or mechanic can be a very the customer. Therefore, the costs must attractive and prosperous career.A speaker at the upcoming marcus be consumed in their bottom line.evans Power Plant ManagementSummit 2012, in Wheeling, Illinois, Do you believe plant safety needs toOctober 15-17, O’Brien shares his views be improved?on effectively developing andimplementing multi-skill work teams to Safety of employees and operating Safety of employeeshelp meet the industry challenges and topreserve and enhance power plant equipment is always regarded with the highest priority and the compliance and operatingperformance. process is continuous. Owners and operators of power plants must always equipment is a highHow can plant managers improveefficiency and optimize aging be held accountable for their actions. priority and shouldplants? To continuously maintain safety standards, all organizations must place a always be at theMany power plants are challenged withaging equipment that was installed major emphasis on making sure that all employees are well trained, are aware of forefrontdecades ago combined with a very high the hazards and are capable of workingpercentage of maturing workforces that in the environments they are placed in.are set to retire within the next 10 This often requires retraining the same
  2. 2. About the Power Plant Management Summit 2012 The Energy Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers This unique forum will take place at the Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, peer-to-peer information on Illinois, October 15-17, 2012. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition strategic matters, professional or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought trends and breakthrough leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. innovations. The Summit includes presentations on moving towards optimization, supplying power in a reliable manner, and minimizing risks. Contact Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the Stacey Melvin, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division number of participants strictly limited. Tel: + 357 22 849 400 Email: For more information please send an email to All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsPower Generation APAC Summit - www.apacpowergen.comTransmission & Distribution Summit - www.t-dsummit.comWater & Wastewater Management Summit - www.h2osummit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: