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

24.07.2018

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

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