Metso's trade press release published on June 3, 2014 at 9:30 EEST
Joined forces reduce turbine maintenance costs and downtime
Metso and Dale Power Solutions of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK, have signed an agreement for the companies to work together on servicing Gas Turbines Power Generator Packages. With a potential reduction of up to 30% in maintenance and service costs, along with tens of thousands of euros in savings by reducing equipment downtime, Metso and Dale Power can provide substantial benefits with their combined solution.
The agreement is in line with Metso's strategy to strengthen its power automation business around the world by seeking strong local partners and growing with them. Successful examples of this strategy can already be found in China, India and Russia.
Metso and Dale Power Solutions now work together to provide unrivaled independent capabilities for Power Generation Packages, including upgrades, re-packaging, servicing, and long-term maintenance, which are available to turbine customers and owners worldwide.
"We have achieved this by combining Metso's most up-to-date open architecture DCS platform and controls expertise with Dale Power's experience in turbine package design manufacturing, maintenance and servicing," says Neil Buckland, Sales Director, EPS, Automation, Metso. "References have proven this capability. Turbines packages that we have serviced and maintained over their lifetime are achieving well above the industry standard utilization rates for over 150,000 operating hours."
The combined solution provides turbine operators with a large number of advantages. Thanks to the open DCS platform, there are no black boxes; the control, protection and machine data are in one system. Other benefits include high availability, easy and cost-effective maintenance, seamless integration of the turbine, compressor, generator and/or boiler controls, as well as online remote support. Communication with a third-party system is easy. Thanks to the long lifetime and support, there are no obsolescence issues. For fast troubleshooting after turbine trips, the 1-ms clear and easy-to-read sequence and event diagnostics reduce troubleshooting time by up to 1 hour. The combined solution also provides lower-cost maintenance and decreases spare part pricing; usually 20% lower for turbine parts and 30% lower for non-turbine parts.
A wide services offering to meet all needs
Together, the companies provide new open architecture DCS-based turbine control systems and upgrades as well as in-depth, on-site equipment inspection and diagnosis services. Fuel system upgrades, including dual fuel and fuel conversion, are also available as well as acoustic packaging, air filtration and remote coolers.
"We also provide 24/7 strategically located field service capability and expert help and support with remote monitoring and trending when required," Buckland adds. "There is also an extensive spare part holding facility. And we provide customers with comprehensive and flexible maintenance options, including long-term service agreements and a 'zero hours' refurbished gas turbine generator package."
Dale Power Solutions Ltd. is a global maintenance services provider. The company has operations in the UK and the United Arab Emirates. In 2013, the company's turnover amounted to approximately £33 million, and it employed 240 people. www.dalepowersolutions.com
Metso's automation solutions are designed to maximize the profitability of our customers' businesses by improving their production performance and their cost, material and energy efficiency. Our extensive range of flow control and process automation solutions and services is supported by a worldwide network of automation experts. The Automation business' biggest customer industries are oil & gas, and pulp and paper. We also have a strong growth focus in mining and construction and power generation.
Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining, construction, and oil & gas industries. Our focus is on the continuous development of intelligent solutions that improve sustainability and profitability. Metso's shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. Metso employs around 16,000 professionals in 50 countries. Expect results.
For further information, please contact:
Neil Buckland, Sales Director, EPS, Automation, Metso
Tel. +44 1256 376245 or +44 7785 345 956
Johan Musch, Sales Engineer, Automation, Metso
Tel. +358 50 317 4363
Caption: Metso DNA controls the gas turbine outlet temperature and fuel consumption and calculates the heat rate, boosting turbine efficiency.