CEATI proposes new QA/QC guide during recent event

CEATI International has said its member utilities will undertake the creation of a new guide to include training, specifications, inspections and testing procedures associated with quality assurance and quality control.

The initiative, announced during CEATI’s recent spring conference, comes as operators around the world are looking for opportunities to share their knowledge with each other.

“Major components needed for refurbishment or replacement must be source globally, and the risk of this global equipment supply is best undertaken with a much needed — and well documented — QA/QC program,” said Alastair Wilson, technical advisor for CEATI’s Hydraulic Plant Life Interest Group.

A number of other utility-focused projects were also discussed, including updates to CEATI’s Dam Safety Maturity Matrix and hydroAMP Hydropower Asset Condition Assessments Guide; alongside a turbine oil testing program, standardized methodology for evaluating plant failure data, a potential failure mode analysis process, and the launch of an energy imbalance market working group.

Executive steering committees for CEATI’s three hydropower programs were also announced as follows:

Dam Safety (DSIG)

  • Annick Bigras, Hydro-Quebec
  • Roger Raeburn, PacifiCorp
  • Kim Pate, Seattle City Light
  • Hugh Armitage, Southern Company

Hydraulic Plant Life (HPILG)

  • Chuck DeVane, Southern Company (Chair)
  • Shawn Beasse, SaskPower (Vice-Chair)
  • Craig Bourassa, Avista
  • Hans Bjerhag, Fortum
  • Ray Ellis, Grant County Public Utility District

Hydropower Operations & Planning (HOPIG)

  • Kevin Gawne, Manitoba Hydro (Chair)
  • Ann McManamon, Bonneville Power Administration (Vice-Chair)
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