Power generating stations represent huge capital investments and modern utility load management places significant importance in the availability of plant to deliver to transmission networks. This makes the management of fire safety critical to the protection of key items of plant.
In the absence of specific British or European standards for the protection of power plants, prudent modern utility practice is to follow the guidance given in NFPA 850: 2005 Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Electricity Generating Plants and HV DC Converter Stations. This document is widely utilised by insurers and where cover for a plant is being sought on the international market underwriters will be reluctant to offer good terms for power stations that do not comply with the requirements of the standard.
The Consultancy has wide experience in the full range of power generating station types (including wind power and hydro) having more than 30 years' direct experience in this area.
Projects undertaken for insurers include on-going supervision of a five-year programme for the rehabilitation of a lignite-fuelled plant in Bulgaria; insurance supervision for a large combined cycle/desalination plant in the UAE, desktop reviews of diesel stations in West Africa and base reviews of gas turbine-based stations in the UK, Spain, Holland and the Middle East. We have also undertaken work on ‘inside the fence’ generation projects for small gas engine plants, hydroelectric stations on Tajikistan and an innovate methane fuelled plant in Rwanda.