Operation and Maintenance
Allt-Energy offers a comprehensive operation and maintenance service for new and existing schemes tailored to individual requirements.
- Monitor performance and operation - respond to faults and potential problems
- Provide regular performance reports
- Carry out maintenance and repair works
- Manage maintenance and repair works carried out by others
- Ensure compliance with Planning and CAR Licence conditions
- Ensure compliance with grid connection agreement
As with any piece of complex machinery, following construction and commissioning the hydroelectric scheme will need to be properly operated and maintained to optimise its short and long term performance. This must be done with due regard to instructions and conditions specified by; designers, equipment suppliers, Distribution Network Operator (DNO), and statutory bodies.
Routine monitoring and maintenance is a basic requirement to minimise exposure to the inevitable problems and costs arising from working machinery and equipment, as well as the fixed structures.
Modern control systems are capable of efficiently automating the operation of a hydroelectric scheme, but none the less it is sensible to monitor its performance on a daily basis (locally at the control panel and/or remotely via a telemetry connection) if only to confirm all is well. Similarly, regular (typically weekly) inspections of the powerhouse, intake and outfall facilities are also advisable.
Operations and maintenance costs may vary considerably depending on scheme size, design, and access to local or ‘in-house’ engineering and maintenance support. Additional running costs to consider include Business Rates and third party costs (grid charges, insurance, rents, finance charges, etc).
Allt-Energy offers a comprehensive operation and maintenance service for new and existing schemes tailored to individual requirements – for example, the owner may wish to carry out certain tasks 'in-house'.