2021 Plant Retirement: Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution

2021 Plant Retirement: Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution

May 18-19, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“Rather than a typical conference with consultants & contractors vying for client contacts/opportunities, this conference provided great insight into major utility’s successes and best practices for plant decommission.” Principal Engineer, Anchor QEA

“The quality of the presentations was outstanding! The topics covered were very relevant and the information shared will be very helpful to me.” Manager-Decommissioning, DTE Energy

Over the past decade the closing of fossil fuel facilities has markedly increased and will continue to for years to come as planned closures continue.  Closures have been the result of environmental regulations but the economic influences of less demand and competitive renewable energy sources are making aging plants no longer economically viable.

This annual program will provide owners with the next step in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and lessons learned that have been acquired by the generation owners and consulting subject matter experts involved. Streamlining the process and its critical steps will be discussed as well as highlighting project safety, case studies, and more. The conference will also include a question-and-answer session of what owners should know during the closure process including the comprehensive planning that goes into closing a facility.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review what Duke Energy has learned from years of closure projects and the status of their current projects
  • Discuss the steps Salt River Project engaged in to ready the Navajo Generating Station to cease production and commence demolition
  • Listen to Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s list of liabilities and steps involved with selling a facility after decommissioning
  • Explain the lessons learned by East Kentucky Power Coop through the completion of their Dale Station’s closure
  • Engage in a panel discussion on the challenges facing generation owners after closing a plant and options for what to do with the asset after it has ceased operations
  • Review the steps for the planning and implementation of a facility closure by discussing pre-planning, scope development, and implementation
  • Discuss the valuable lessons from an owner’s engineer of what should be and should not be done in the hiring of contractors and
  • Review how to improve project safety and how the aging workforce is affecting the completion of projects and what the contractor’s role is in these matters

Agenda

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome, Overview and Introductions

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Program Timing

9:10 – 10:30 a.m. :: Planning and Implementation of Power Plant Retirements Part 1

As the announcement are made, utilities must begin planning for decommissioning and either retirement-in-place or full demolition of these plants.  The planning and implementation process present a unique challenge to utilities and plant operators. Successfully navigating the overall process to safely and cost effectively conduct the retirement activities requires a step-by-step approach.

Planning and implementation of the retirement process requires stepwise approach to: decide on the approach for retirement; determine the end use of the property; the development of a conceptual scope of work; coordination with utilities’ operations, environmental, security, safety, management and other stakeholders to finalize scope; and to conduct a bid process to hire a contractor to successfully complete the project. 

  • Pre-Planning
    • Different approaches
    • End use determination
    • Financial considerations
  • Scope Development
    • Regulatory and environmental factors
    • Environmental assessments
    • Asbestos and hazardous materials
    • Coordination with utility operations
    • Stakeholders finalizing scope

Jeffery L. Pope PE, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

Luke Krooswyk, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

Ryan Easterling, Staff Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. :: Planning and Implementation of Power Plant Retirements Part 2

  • Project Implementation
    • Bid process to hire a contractor
    • Coordination with utility operations
    • Security
    • Safety
    • Monitoring project progress
    • Project closure

Jeffery L. Pope PE, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

Luke Krooswyk, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

Ryan Easterling, Staff Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

12:20 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Lessons Learned and Progress of Duke Energy’s Demolition Program

This presentation will review what Duke Energy has completed and learned during their years of closing multiple plants and what the status is now for each of their regions with closures.

  • Florida Region
  • Carolina Region
  • Midwest Region
  • Challenges and Events for Review

Tim Hill, Regional General Manager – Coal Combustion Products & Plant Retirement and Demolition, Duke Energy

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Steps Taken Leading Up to the Closure of Navajo Generating Station

The NGS closure is the largest and most complex power plant decommissioning ever undertaken by SRP. A team of SRP employees and representatives of the Navajo Nation have formed a Joint Consultation Group to ensure a successful plant decommissioning. Though SRP has five years to decommission NGS, it is expected to take three years to complete all major activities. This presentation will discuss the steps taken to cease production at the facility which happened in November 2019.

Kenneth (Joe) Frazier, Plant Manager – Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project

2:30 – 2:40 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:40 – 3:25 :: East Kentucky Power Coop Dale Station Decommissioning and Demolition Case Study

This presentation will walk through the decommissioning and demolition process for the completed EKPC Dale Station.  It will cover:

  • Why the decision was made to decommission Dale Station
    • What upfront decommissioning work was performed by EKPC
    • EKPC risk register analysis and community outreach process
    • What upfront Owners Engineer assistance was needed
    • How the complete project was closed and lessons learned

David Meade, PE, Power Production Engineering, East Kentucky Power Coop

3:25 – 4:30 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Facing the Challenges of Plant Closure

This moderated answer and question session will dive into the various unknowns and challenges facing generation owners after closing a plant and options for what to do with the asset after it has ceased operations. Attendees should feel free to ask their questions of these expert panelists.

Tim Hill, Regional General Manager – Coal Combustion Products & Plant Retirement and Demolition, Duke Energy

Kenneth (Joe) Frazier, Plant Manager – Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project

David Meade, PE, Power Production Engineering, East Kentucky Power Coop

Keith Kotimko, Decommissioning and Demolition Specialist, Wood

Aaron Fitch, Vice President of Demolition Operations, DIG / MCM Joint Venture

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Program Timing

9:00 – 9:50 a.m. :: Maintaining Project Success in a Global Pandemic

Decommissioning, environmental cleaning, demolition of the Beckjord Power Station in New Richmond, Ohio.  Developing and maintaining success by discipline to processes of proper planning, risk identification, mitigation, safety, COVID-19 and lessons learned.

Ronda Reed, Project Manager, DIG / MCM Joint Venture

9:50 -10:40 a.m. :: Achieving Greater Cost Certainty in Power Plant Abatement and Demolition

Cost certainty in power plant abatement and demolition projects is primarily influenced by:

  • Adequately defining the scope of work
  • Vetting and hiring a qualified contractor to perform the work

This presentation will primarily focus on the contractor qualification and selection phase but will also highlight key work aspects to consider and define when generating contractor scopes of work.

Keith Kotimko, Decommissioning and Demolition Specialist, Wood

Sarah Donaldson, PG, Senior Project Manager, Wood

10:40 – 10:50 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:50 – 11:50 a.m. :: Demolition, Cost, Safety and their Inherit Risks

  • Owners role in the closure of your plant
  • Contractor role in the closure of your plant
  • Early planning process and why it is critical
  • Why having a hand in managing your project can be important to you
  • Who should be involved from your company to get the ball rolling and stay rolling smoothly
  • Staying in control and updated on environmental liabilities and clean-up
  • How to qualify demolition contractors; what to look for/questions to ask when making a decision on which contractor is right for you and your project
  • Safety – the most important factor on a project
  • Not always the low bidder – vet your contractors
    • OSHA citations
    • Other factors will be discussed
  • How the aging blue-collar workforce and lack of training programs plays a role in industry-wide safety failures, injuries and fatalities

Frank Bodami, Owner, Total Wrecking & Environmental, LLC

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Final Remarks and Questions

12:00 p.m. :: Symposium Adjourns

Speakers

  • Frank Bodami, Owner, Total Wrecking & Environmental, LLC

  • Sarah Donaldson, PG, Senior Project Manager, Wood

  • Ryan Easterling, Staff Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

  • Aaron Fitch, Vice President of Demolition Operations, DIG / MCM Joint Venture

  • Tim Hill, Regional General Manager – Coal Combustion Products & Plant Retirement and Demolition, Duke Energy

  • Kenneth (Joe) Frazier, Plant Manager – Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project

  • Keith Kotimko, Decommissioning and Demolition Specialist, Wood

  • Luke Krooswyk, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

  • David Meade, PE, Power Production Engineering, East Kentucky Power Coop

  • Jeffery L. Pope PE, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc

  • JRonda Reed, Project Manager, DIG / MCM Joint Venture

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

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Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

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