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Head of Safety Service of Bishkek CHP told about difficulties in the plant renovation


Manuals in Chinese, impossibility to perform repair without engaging contractors

Sergey Abdulkhairov, Senior Safety Supervisor of the Kyrgyz generating company Electric Power Plants JSC, told about reconstruction and modernization of Bishkek CHP. He was one of the speakers at the International Forum on Industrial Safety in St. Petersburg on Thursday, BNA reports.

Implementation of the project revealed misunderstandings of the scope of work between the client (Electric Power Plants) and the Chinese contractor TBEA. According to Abdulkhairov, those misunderstandings affected considerably reliability, performance and self-containment of new power units. Moreover, the contractor’s workers ignored safety rules while performing work onsite. Apart from this, the contractor failed to conduct proper trainings for the personnel of the power plant..

The manufacture of equipment did not provide Russian or English versions of the specifications and manuals, although it was one of the contract terms.

Besides, performing maintenance of the new boilers without engaging the manufacturer is now complicated as there are no equipment drawings and other documents to be based upon. Testing protocols and compliance certificates were issued in accordance with the Chinese standards which made it troublesome for the client to obtain formal approvals from the Kyrgyz authorities.

Modernization of Bishkek CHP started in 2014 and was completed in 2017. The capacity of the renovated plant grew to 600 MW. The renovation included replacement of eight boilers and four turbine units for two coal-fired supercritical boilers and two turbine sets with heat extraction of 150 MW each.

The International Forum on Industrial Safety is held in St. Petersburg every year. In 2018, it is the 16th time. This year the Forum venue is Hilton Hotel St. Petersburg Expoforum. The conference was attended by more than 170 people from different states. The organizer is GCE Group.

Source: Business News Agency

Forum participant’s opinion

«All over the Forum I discussed with other specialists future activities arising from the problems mentioned here. At the moment the Forum is very much fixed on problems with industrial safety in Russia and neighboring countries like Kazakhstan, Belorussia and so on. But we need to open it more for international standards.

Nearly every presentation was to some extent interesting for me, for example the methodologies for risk assessment, because this is also the topic in European Union constraints. But also the topics which are far away from problem fields in Germany, problems with pipelines, for instance. These topics are really new for me, and normally, I didn’t have knowledge about this.

The organizational level of event was very high and I don’t want to complaint anything. I have one proposal concerning information transfer – presentation interpretation by two interpreters is not enough. I would like also to have presentations in two languages – Russian and English. It is too much for an interpreter to transform all the information and slides, so some people were not able to understand the language».

Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei

Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, Scientific Senior Advisor of the Safe Handling of Hazardous Substances and Major Accidents Control Department
Federal Environment Agency (Germany)
Member of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention Bureau