Great River Energy was honored for its contributions to an industry effort to define and document best practices for safe and successful maintenance of gas turbines.
Minnesota Generation Leader Mike Herman accepted a Technology Transfer Awards at the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) awards ceremony Sept. 19 in Chicago.
Great River Energy was one of four utilities that collaborated on an outage guide specific to the GE 7EA gas turbine units, like those employed at Lakefield Junction Station. The guide outlines best practices for hot gas path outages and includes resources such as checklists, verification points, witness points, inspection techniques and quality control criteria.
“The learnings that we documented in this process will make outages safer, faster and more thorough,” Herman said. “This work will help keep Great River Energy competitive and improve the way we serve our membership.”
The guide can be applied to more than 5,000 GE 7EA gas turbine units throughout the world and serve as an approach for other gas turbine models.
The EPRI Technology Transfer Awards recognize the leaders and innovators who have applied EPRI research to help transform the future of energy.