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Quality Assurance and Control in the Modernization of Boilers

A coal-fired power plant in Poland will be modernized in order to improve availability - L0 and prolong facility lifetime. Securing such an investment requires additional inspections by an experienced third party to assure expected quality and protect assets. That’s why they turned to TÜV Rheinland.

Basic Facts
Client: International energy producing company
Timeframe:2013 – 2014
Project Location: Poland
Main services:• Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC)
• Documents review
Non-destructive testing
Involved Regulations/Standards:EN 12952

Initial situation and requirements

A coal-fired power plant in Poland, consisting of eight units and first commissioned in 1979, will be modernized in order to improve the availability and reliability of each unit and to extend facility lifetime by an additional 25 years. Furthermore, the modernization aims to increase the efficiency of the units and to significantly reduce plant carbon dioxide emissions.

Part of the project is to repair and modernize boilers. To secure a large investment like this, additional inspections carried out by a third party are necessary to ensure assets have been tested and are of the highest quality. Its respected reputation, extensive expertise in the field of power plants around the world and unrivaled international network made TÜV Rheinland the preferred choice.

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded more than 140 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety - L0 for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life.

We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006, we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

We provide support throughout all power plant project phases to achieve the highest levels of safety and efficiency.

Solutions, results

Our experts are responsible for verifying documentation and meeting inspection and testing requirements for 8 boilers in accordance with EN 12952. They also monitor the quality of the modernization and repair work carried out on site, paying special attention to processes associated with welding, bending and heat treatment.

To verify quality, certifications - L0 also include independent non-destructive testing of randomly selected elements of modernized boilers. Quality checks of various parts intended for use in upgraded boilers are also conducted directly with manufacturers during prefabrication.

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Benefits for the client

With expert our QA/QC services the project owner benefits by:

• Proofing quality of the boilers prior to manufacturing

• Knowing the investment is secure

• Receiving support of local experts with international experience and a worldwide network

Did you know?

This modernization will increase capacity at the Polish power plant from 225 MW to 240 MW.