2022 Plant Retirement: Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution

2022 Plant Retirement: Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution

May 17-18, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“Hearing other companies talk about the decommissioning process and their “lessons learned” is a valuable resource to the newcomers in this type of work. Knowing what not to do helps guide us to knowing what to do.” Senior Engineer, Santee Cooper

“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

“I really enjoyed the conference and have a much better understanding of all of the constituents needed to decommission/mothball a power plant.” Sr. Business Analyst, Southern Company

Closing fossil fuel generation sites are complicated projects for all involved. For the asset teams and individuals that might be new to the process, as well as more experienced individuals, this program will provide relevant and immediately applicable knowledge and lessons that can be applied to your own projects. 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.  Plant closures have been the result of environmental regulations but the economic influences of less demand and competitive renewable energy sources are also making aging plants no longer economically viable.

This annual Power Plant Retirement conference 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 symposium 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 did with this unique Ohio River plant closure project
  • Discuss the process used by Salt River Project for implementing work for the Navajo Generating Station project
  • List the items Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association have learned from and accomplished in their Nucla Station project
  • Expand on how DTE Energy is improving Safety and Health on projects
  • Review the steps for the planning and implementation of a facility closure by discussing pre-planning, scope development, and implementation
  • Listen to Xcel Energy’s e discussion on the value of pre-demolition site characterization and planning to set the project up
  • 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

Agenda

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:20 – 1:10 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Conference Timing

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. :: Introductions

9:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. :: Planning and Implementation of Power Plant Retirements

As the announcements 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
  • 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 – 1:10 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:10 – 2:10 p.m. :: Lessons Learned at Gallagher Generating Station

This Ohio river located facility had several areas of interest this presentation will cover. Some of the items covered in this case study presentation are:

  • Unique Service and Circulating water design integrated with original chimneys at the site – driving complexity in demolition
  • Increased ACoE oversight on chimney demolition plans 
  • Potential for cost savings by utilizing landfill on site for C&D demolition materials
  • Transmission decoupling
  • Site permitting
  • Decommission lessons learned

Mike Wertz, Coal Combustion Products – Midwest Operations Manager, Duke Energy

2:10 – 3:10 p.m. :: DTE Energy Fossil Fuel Plant Retirement Experience

Program will discuss Safety and Health experiences during the decommissioning of DTE Energy’s fossil Fuel Plants.  Current activities and challenges will discussed as well as how lessons learned have been implemented. 

Michael Listello, CSP, Supervisor-Safety, Major Enterprise Projects (MEP), DTE Energy

3:10 – 3:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Plant Closure Complications

This moderated answer and question session will dive into the various unknowns and challenges that make these closure projects complicated operations. Attendees should feel free to ask their questions of these expert panelists.

Mike Wertz, Midwest Manager of Demo, Duke Energy

Terry Nelson, Senior Manager of Generation Project Construction, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

Michael Listello, CSP, Supervisor-Safety, Major Enterprise Projects (MEP), DTE Energy

John Hunt, Principal Engineer, Energy Supply Projects, Xcel Energy

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 9:50 a.m. :: Nucla Station Demolition Project Update

This case study presentation will discuss and review the process of the demolition and site clean-up for this remote western Colorado station. Some of the topics to be covered are:

  • Contract award process
  • Schedule (including the regulatory challenges)
  • Demolition sequence
  • Project safety record
  • Closure
  • Repurposing plan for the site
  • Lessons learned

Terry Nelson, Senior Manager of Generation Project Construction, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

9:50 -10:40 a.m. :: SRP Navajo Generating Station, a Successful Collaborative approach between Owner-Contractor-Construction Manager

This presentation will highlight the collaborative approach closure projects need to have by discussing the process from the owner’s perspective and the contractor’s perspective.  Discussion will also focus on making a successful project but also identifying and working through challenges as they arose through the project with some specific examples.

Gary Barras, P.E., Director, Major Projects, Salt River Project

Douglas Thomas, Vice President – Project Management, Independence Excavating, Inc.

10:40 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. :: Xcel Energy’s Northern States Power Company Plant Closures

This presentation will review and discuss various plant closures undertaken in Xcel Energy’s NSP region.  Some lessons learned from completed projects and discussion on an active project will be explored in more detail.  The focus of my presentation will be on the value of pre-demolition site characterization and planning to set the project up for successful demolition and asset recovery.

John Hunt, Principal Engineer, Energy Supply Projects, Xcel Energy

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

12:00 p.m. :: Symposium Adjourns

Speakers

  • Gary Barras, P.E., Director, Major Projects, Salt River Project

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

  • John Hunt, Principal Engineer, Energy Supply Projects, Xcel Energy

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

  • Michael Listello, CSP, Supervisor-Safety, Major Enterprise Projects (MEP), DTE Energy

  • Terry Nelson, Senior Manager of Generation Project Construction, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

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

  • Douglas Thomas, Vice President – Project Management, Independence Excavating, Inc.

  • Mike Wertz, Midwest Manager of Demo, Duke Energy

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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2022 Plant Retirement: Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution

May 17-18, 2022 | Online
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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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.


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Conference CPE Credits: 10.5
There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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