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A Study of Implementation of Preventive Maintenance Programme in Nigeria Power Industry – Egbin Thermal Power Plant, Case Study

Author(s): Sunday Olayinka Oyedepo | Fagbenle Richard Olayiwola

Journal: Energy and Power Engineering
ISSN 1949-243X

Volume: 03;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 207;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Preventive Maintenance Programme | Power Plant | Reliability | Availability | Turbine

Preventive Maintenance Programme consists of actions that improve the condition of system elements for performance optimization and aversion of unintended system failure or collapse. It involves inspection, servicing, repairing or replacing physical components of machineries, plant and equipment by following the prescribed schedule. It is commonly agreed nowadays that preventive maintenance programme can be very successful in improving equipment reliability while minimizing maintenance related costs. The availability of a complex system, such as steam turbine power plant is strongly associated with its parts reliability and maintenance policy. That policy not only has influence on the parts’ repair time but also on the parts’ reliability affecting the system integrity, degradation and availability. The objective of this paper is to study the effects of Preventive Maintenance Programme (PMP) implementation on the performance of the Egbin 1320 MW thermal power plant in Nigeria. This paper considers the reliability and availability of the 6 x 220 MW steam turbine units installed in the power station. The reliability and availability of the turbines are computed based on a five-year failure database. The availability analysis of available data from 2005 to 2009 shows different results for each unit and variation in availability for different year: availability of unit1 varies between 59.11 to 91.76%; unit 2, 64.02 to 94.53%; unit 3, 28.79 to 91.57%; unit 4, 80.31 to 92.76% and unit 5, 73.38 to 87.76%. Unit 6 was out of service for the past 2 to 3 years. This indicates differences in their systems installation maintenance and operation.
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