- Local/remote management of operations of hydropower facilities
- Maintenance of hydropower facilities
- Day-to-day management of hydropower facilities and ancillary works
- Setup and review of O&M concept and procedures
- Setup of shut-down, lockout and tagging procedures
- Water intake management
- Flood control
- Health and safety planning
- Emergency response plan
- Spare parts inventory/management
- Unit start-up/shut-down
- Management of desilting devices
Due to the deep knowledge, experience and expertise of our staff, HOI is able to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services to enhance power plant performance and guarantee asset reliability. Our services include the local or remote management of operations of hydropower facilities, as well as the maintenance and day-to-day management of these plants and their ancillary works.
In addition, we offer the setup and review of operations and maintenance concept and procedures and the setup of shut-down, lockout and tagging procedures. Specifically, we specialise in water intake management, flood control, health and safety planning, and emergency response planning. We also take full control of spare parts inventory and management, unit start-up and shut-down, and the management of desilting devices.
HOI offers extensive experience in ‘whole of life’ asset management, and provides clients with advice, strategy development and support during all phases of the plant’s life, including planning, operations, maintenance, replacement and upgrade.
In addition, HOI crafts and implements asset management strategies for public and private power plants in order to achieve greater value and reliability from hydropower assets.
- Performance Assessment
- Condition Assessment
- Risk and Safety Analysis
- Engineering and Design
By 2030, over half of the world’s existing hydropower facilities will have undergone, or will be due to undergo, upgrading and modernisation, according to IHA’s hydropower database.
Another of HOI’s strengths lies in exploring and assessing the range of investment strategies for improving and extending the lives of existing hydropower assets.
To ensure that existing assets are retained and available to meet the future role of hydropower in energy systems, traditional modernisation practices will need to consider more than just ‘business as usual’ replacements.
Major refurbishment projects need to look at both improved performance and innovative technologies. For example, fast response capability and optimised operating modes can ensure that hydropower assets have the flexibility to support higher penetrations of variable renewables.
As new industry standards are introduced, hydropower developers and operators in all regions are seeking more efficient, cost-effective methods for maintaining their existing hydropower assets.
The ongoing revolution in the digitisation of control systems to enhance operations and reduce maintenance costs, coupled with the need to balance other variable renewable technologies such as wind and solar, is helping to drive innovation in O&M for the hydropower sector.
HOI maximises asset productivity and delivers solutions that balance performance and safety, while optimising plant operability and output. In addition, we offer a range of assessment services, including operational, criticality, impact and risk assessments, to help clients identify potential savings and increase design and operation efficiency on dams, channels, culverts, bridges and other associated infrastructure.
We also assist clients in meeting any requirements around legislation and standards, including improving energy optimisation, strengthening asset performance, reducing operational risk and costs, minimising overheads, and lowering carbon emissions.
The primary objective of power plant rehabilitation projects is to rehabilitate, replace and modernise the mechanical and electrical equipment, to install new control and monitoring system as needed, with a view of:
- Extending the lifetime of the plants and auxiliary equipment
- Reducing outages of equipment
- Upgrading of equipment to reach modern standards and characteristics
- Achieving an increase in the generation of hydro capacity and production
- Improving the reliability and quality of electricity supply and reducing the power cuts in the region
- Improving and optimising of the utilisation of the water recourses on both cascades
- Improving environmental standards by minimising health and safety risks.