Making the most of a forced outage
Forced outages are a fact of life in the power plant industry. This article discusses some of the measures that managers can take in order to prevent forced outages and to take advantage of shutdowns when they occur. Boiler tube failures are a major cause of forced outages but can be reduced by implementing the boiler availability improvement guidelines issued by the Electric Power Reliability Institute (EPRI). Predictive maintenance approaches can help to determine what work should be done, and in what order. When outages do occur, prepared lists of work items and pre-established standard outage sequences can help to reduce repair time, complete backlog maintenance, and make the most of forced outages.