Consultancy Services

Consultancy Services Overview

TJSB provides various support services that includes:

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    Plant Technical Audit covering full operation, maintenance and HSE areas to ensure power plants deliver high reliability and availability that utilises internally developed assessment approaches via Engineering Risk Assessment (“ERA”) and Operation & Maintenance Assessment (“OMA”);

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    Technical Due Diligence Study on power plant technologies to assess the power plant’s condition, prior to acquisition or investment;

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    Implementation of proven and industry leading O&M Tools and Methodologies.

Operation & Engineering Risk Assessment

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    Engineering Risk Assessment (“ERA”)

    ERA methodology is utilised in identifying levels of engineering risks at the power plant, and to come up with recommendations for appropriate risk reduction strategies. This assessment is generally based on quantified or ‘scoring’ basis of the plant areas, to re-examine whether it has potential risks or impacts with regards to safety, repair and availability risks.

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    Operation & Maintenance Assessment (“OMA”)

    OMA is a day-to-day assessment of operating risks, associated with specific plant management practices to enable the plant to operate effectively in delivering high reliability. The process is used to assess risks associated with operating and maintenance practices adopted in the plant. OMA provides the plant with detailed assessments of operations and maintenance functions against best operating practices. OMA helps identify areas for improvements to maximise the O&M business profitability. The 11 elements of OMA are tabulated as below:

No Elements Objective
1. Management Performance To assess the management system (structure, leadership, communication, cost management) that are in place, and the effectiveness of these systems to manage O&M businesses
2. Commercial Performance To assess the commercial arrangement in place, and the effectiveness to maximise financial returns
3. Business Planning Performance To assess the systems that are established, and the effectiveness to provide a business plan where commercial risks can be managed
4. Plant Protection from Operational Risks To assess the quality of operational practices and procedures that protects the plant from adverse operations
5. Plant Testing and Routine Operational Checks To assess plant testing, routine check strategies and operator’s competency that ensures plant protection is not compromised
6. Thermal Performance To assess that systems are in place to monitor plant’s thermal efficiency
7. Environmental performance and Monitoring To assess the environmental performance of the plant
8. Health and Safety management To assess the health and safety management systems in place, and the effectiveness of the systems to adequately mitigate risks to plant and personnel
9. Plant Maintenance To assess the effectiveness and capability of the maintenance activities that deliver plant availability and reliability
10. Plant Flexibility To assess the plant’s capability with regards to its flexible operating regime
11. Human Resource Management To assess the systems that are established to effectively deal with personnel issues

O&M Technical Due Diligence and Audit

The technical assessment or audit helps in counter-checking the plant’s condition in terms of delivering high availability and reliability to meet its business objectives. TJSB’s capabilities via its proven internally developed methodologies known as ERA and OMA offer different approaches, but similar objectives to ensure that the potential risks of operational, process, engineering and human factors are identified and necessary controls implemented. We are also able to carry out due diligence exercise on gas and coal fired power plants utilising the experience of our O&M technical personnel. This provides our edge against other industry players, in making solid technical assessments for capital investment.

Implementation of O&M Tools & Methodology

TJSB provides various support services that includes:

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    Computerized Maintenance Management System (“CMMS”)

    Effective asset management programmes require a structured/organised management of equipment, materials, services and maintenance activities. This is achieved through implementing a comprehensive Computerised Maintenance Management System (“CMMS”). Effective use of the CMMS enables proper planning for maintenance activities, optimal management of spare parts, tracking of equipment maintenance history and associated costs, planning of resources as tools, manpower, material, external services, reporting of key indicators and others.

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      Planning and scheduling of preventive inspection and predictive maintenance activities;

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      Tracking and monitoring of asset maintenance costs and activities (materials, services);

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      Recording of equipment failures and maintenance history, allowing failure analysis to be done;

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      Ease of measured KPI maintenance;

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      Optimisation of assets use i.e. replace, repair or modify;

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      Easy identification and search for inventory or stock items through Bill of Material ("BoM").

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    Reliability Centered Maintenance (“RCM”) Programme

    As a maintenance methodology that defines the complete strategy and regime of a plant’s equipment, the Reliability Centred Maintenance (“RCM”) analysis is a rigorous process enabling all stakeholders i.e. O&M personnel to study, assess, predict and generally understand the workings and critical function of their equipment, based on its operating context, before a correct and relevant maintenance strategy can be formulated. RCM streamlines the assets’ preventive and predictive maintenance schedule tasks. This will then reduce costs without compromising on overall plant availability. Our leverage on extensive experiences gained from our own operated power plants, offer us solutions in identifying the teams and systems, training, analysis session, auditing and finally the uploading of maintenance tasks onto our clients’ CMMS.

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      Increase plant availability and reliability, whilst optimizing O&M costs;

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      Increase staff understanding on plants, systems and equipment operations, performances and behaviors;

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      Enhance the knowledge and understanding of O&M staff in RCM methodology and analysis;

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      Ensure a consistent and systematic approach in identifying equipment maintenance tasks or strategies;

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      Provide traceable justifications for insertion/deletion of any maintenance tasks.

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    Root Cause Analysis (“RCA”) Program

    Root cause analysis (“RCA”) is a problem solving method aimed at identifying the root causes of problems or events. RCA relies on the fact that problems are best solved by directing corrective measures, thus minimising its recurrence, or eliminating root causes, as opposed to merely addressing the immediate obvious symptoms. We practice RCA extensively in our operated power plants, and have the experience and expertise of embarking the RCA program at their plants starting from training, implementation, reporting and the tracking of RCA’s action plans for implementation.

    Benefits:

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      Increase plant availability and reliability by minimising or avoiding recurring and critical failures;

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      Standardised method in the management of recurring and critical failures that instills structured and logical thinking for O&M personnel;

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      Consistent approach and documentation of the failure analysis via a standard report template;

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      Provide trackings on the recommendations once it is implemented. Allow improvements and measured returns of investments.

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    Conditioned Based Monitoring (“CBM”)

    CBM involves the systematic method of monitoring and trending selected parameters or variables for certain type of assets at regular schedules to determine the condition of machines. On-line detection, trending & diagnostics provide early warnings to virtually eliminate the need for periodic disassembly and inspection, and the possibility of unexpected breakdowns. Amongst the variables monitored include: vibration, temperature, oil characteristics, partial discharge, dissolved gases or deviation in valve characteristics. With proper and effective CBM in place, good conditioned assets continue to run until early warning deterioration is developed and picked up. Generally, these assets have exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance intervals.

    Benefits:

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      Increase plant availability and reliability by reducing unnecessary equipment downtime due to failures;

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      Reduction in overall maintenance costs;

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      Advanced preparation of work schedules, manpower requirements, tools and spare parts which can be done prior to any shutdown for equipment repairs or replacement works;

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      Minimisation on the probability of secondary damages to other parts of the machines/equipment from unforeseen failures.

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    Permit To Work (“PTW”)

    Based on the Lock-out & Tag-out systems, PTW procedures facilitate a safe workflow environment. Considered as one of the best practices adopted by O&M Companies, its electronic system replaces the conventional paper based permit-to-work system that executes security in a live plant. It allows up-to-date tracking of appropriate equipment which needs to be operationally and electrically isolated before any work is allowed. It also appoints a focal person who will be responsible in working on the equipment. Different permits consent for different categories of work allowed in the plant as: hot work activities, confined space entry, work involving radioactive material, simulation of electronic signals and etc. The cancellation of permits by authorised personnel allows operational personnel to normalise the system back into safe operation.

    Benefits:

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      Ensure efficient and effective safety management of O&M activities in the plant;

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      Ensure safety incidents can be avoided;

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      Reduce risk, manpower and time compared to the conventional paper based PTW procedures.

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    Plant Information (“PI”) Management System

    PI system™ is a software application enabling real-time plant-wide monitoring and data archiving for analysis. Interfacing multiple sources across the plant such as a Distributed Control System (“DCS”) or as a Programmable Logic Controller (“PLC”) acquires real-time data at very high resolutions. PI systemTM enables the availability of business-critical data being online in a specialised time-series database. With obtained data, it can be presented in graphical presentation forms, trends and spreadsheets which are accessible to all users connected via Local Area Network (“LAN”). Users then apply the required computations to a set of raw data for further analysis.

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      Facilitates in taking real-time business decisions in the event of abnormalities;

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      Retrieval of past operational data for analysis or comparison from the archives;

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      Provides a consistent set of wide data enterprise. Further applications can be developed based on the real time data platforms;

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      Maximises plant operations, efficiencies and overall availability.

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    Risk Based Inspection ("RBI")

    RRBI is a systematic risk based approach for inspection and analysis in the likelihood of failures and its due consequences. Its methodology strategies inspection requirements through non-destructive testing or other appropriate methods.

    The purpose of RBI are as follows:

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      To optimise time based inspection plans governed by minimum compliance with rules, regulations and standards for inspections;

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      To apply strategies of doing what is needed for safeguarding integrity, improving reliability and availability of the units by planning and executing needed inspections;

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      To provide economic benefits through extended inspection intervals, shorter shutdown durations, longer operating hours and mitigate the risks of catastrophic failures.

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    Documentation Development

    TJSB provide services on O&M development of documentation such as Operation, Maintenance, Health, Safety and Environmental Procedures aligned with Quality Management System standards. This capability extends to all Power Plants and O&M related documents and systems. Leveraging on our certified O&M practices of ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 with extensive database of Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the documents in accordance with QMS, provides eventual benefits to our clients.

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    Plant Performance Modeling & Analysis

    TJSB’s capability of providing services in plant performance monitoring and analysis to our client’s operating plants, ensure that the plant and associated equipment (i.e gas & steam turbines and boilers), are essentially operating efficiently to convert fuel into electrical energy. By assessing that the plant and equipment systems are in place, we can monitor the parameters and provide recommendations and eventual appropriate action plans for thermal efficiency improvements. This also includes remote advisory roles to anticipate adverse plant conditions that analyses data on desktop studies.