Inspecting Power Plants Prior to Commissioning

Smooth, Safe and Synchronous Operation Start-up

Before commissioning, numerous examinations take place. This phase is a crucial step in the whole process of building a power plant. All components and prefabricated parts as well as the functionality of the entire system must be inspected in respect of capacity and safety.

As an expert partner with over 140 years of industry experience, we provide support in overall approvals as well as single certificates of conformity. When irregularities occur, we assist you as technical mediator and appraiser. Our professionals advise you in coordination, help you to meet the demands of existing schedules and support you to achieve timely commissioning through synchronized processes.

As a recognized testing, inspection and certification body for numerous relevant national and international regulations and standards, we provide solid development and substantially reduce costs by optimizing process technology.

Our performance verification services ensure that systems and procedures perform sufficiently and economically to achieve forecasted earnings. Various on-site approval and performance tests are used to simulate real operations in order to identify and eliminate any deviations from ideal performance results before commissioning of the plant. Our worldwide professional project support and experienced quality management work to your benefit in this phase.

Your Benefits at a Glance

Rely on experts with knowledge in all relevant techniques, fields and facilities:

  • Cost reduction through optimization of process technology.
  • Increased safety by obtaining guarantee status.
  • Smooth commissioning through synchronized processes.

Our Services in the Commissioning Phase of Power Plants

With expertise in project coordination, we provide a variety of support services to ensure that no system aspect remains unchecked, for safe and optimal start-up operation:

Pre-commissioning tests according to plant safety regulations

Performance tests

Explosion protection

Testing and certification of control systems and functional safety - SIL

On-site health, safety and environmental services (HSE)

Preparation of documents for construction site ordinance

Emission measurements

Evaluate clean air development strategies

Certification and initial calibration of continuous emission monitoring equipment

Acceptance measurements of emissions and air

Acceptance measurements of noise and sound

Suitability testing of equipment for emission measurements

Conveyor and machinery technology

Take advantage of our integrated approach to monitoring the commissioning phase and receive a well-substantiated protocol documenting all relevant measurements, inspection and testing procedures to qualify and certify your facility ready for operation.

Our Start-up Tests and Inspections at a Glance

Our experts provide acceptance tests and inspections in accordance with the following regulations:

  • Industrial safety regulations
  • National building codes
  • Technical testing regulations
  • Assembly ordinances
  • Machinery directives

Commissioning according to Industrial Safety Ordinances

Industrial safety ordinances are part of the legally adapted EU rules and regulations affecting the safety of work equipment and systems requiring monitoring. Almost every operating plant could be classified as one requiring monitoring.

Pre-commissioned facilities demand comprehensive final risk evaluation based upon a systematic, reliable and individual examination. In addition to normal start-up, operational or shut-down conditions, disturbances, failures and accidents are also investigated and evaluated.

Operators are solely responsible for the implementation of industrial safety ordinances. As an Accredited Inspection Body, TÜV Rheinland is able to conduct testing in facilities subject to inspection.

Definition: Facilities Subject to Inspection

Facilities subject to inspection are defined according to industrial safety ordinances as:

  • Steam boilers, pressure vessels and fillings
  • Areas with high pressure media lines
  • Lifts and elevators
  • Facilities in areas with high risk of explosion
  • Warehouses with a total volume of more than 10,000 liters of flammable, highly flammable or extremely flammable liquids
  • Filling and emptying stations handling a capacity of more than 1,000 l/h of flammable, highly flammable or extremely flammable liquids
  • Gas stations and aircraft refueling systems