Web Exclusive | January 2019
GE to digitise Tata Power’s thermal and renewable fleet in India
GE has implemented the first Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) solution in India for Tata Power’s thermal business. This is one of two deals that GE won in India to optimise approximately 8 GW of Tata Power’s thermal and renewable energy power portfolio using digital solutions. GE is implementing the Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) solutions for Tata Power’s thermal assets across nine sites for a period of seven years. The renewable deal is still under execution.
GE is supporting Tata Power’s ambitious program to drive operational excellence across its entire fleet—from traditional generation to renewable sources. This includes the implementation of RCM on their thermal assets, which was launched two years ago by Tata Power to increase the reliability of all its equipment with a proactive approach of the daily operation and maintenance.
GE’s solution will help Tata Power reduce its operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses, optimise availability, reliability, reduce risk, and reduce costs through intelligent asset strategies, as well as improve maintenance planning for its power plants. In addition, this agreement includes GE’s Renewable Energy Digital’s lifecycle and APM solutions on their wind and solar assets. GE has also been chosen to provide a digital wind and solar APM solution to manage Tata Power’s wind turbine and solar inverter assets across 10 additional sites in India. The wind sites covered by this agreement include seven different OEM wind turbine models totalling 1 GW.
GE’s APM employs holistic and risk-based intelligent asset strategies to balance performance and cost by considering design, operational procedures, and maintenance plans for all assets. These solutions can be applied across GE or non-GE assets. The Predix-operated APM helps reduce unplanned downtime and increases availability and reliability by helping to ensure that critical assets and systems are monitored and protected from emerging threats. Further, costly emergency repairs can be drastically reduced by detecting problems early, turning unplanned downtime into planned downtime. The implementation of this technology will help provide heads up on potential problems and consequently help users make better-informed decisions. GE’s APM solution has helped customers globally improve the reliability of power generating machines, reducing unplanned downtime up to 5 per cent, reducing false positive alerts up to 75 per cent and reducing overall operations and maintenance costs.