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By - Jon Brown

2020 Plant Retirement
Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution
September 21-22, 2020 | Detroit, MI

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Overview

Environmental regulations have been a major force in changing the landscape of coal powered generation. Over the past decade the closing of coal facilities has markedly increased and will continue to for years to come. Some of these causes for closure are regulation and public outcry but the economic influences of less demand and natural gas prices have further caused non-critical and aging plants to become no longer economically viable.

This annual conference will provide owners with the next step in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and lessons that have been acquired by the generation owners in this program.  The conference will wrap up with a question and answer session of what owners should know during the process followed by a separate post-conference workshop on the comprehensive planning and process that goes into closing a facility.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the steps taken in the closure of Salt River Project’s  Navajo Generating Station
  • Understand what it took for the successful completion of Great River Energy’s Stanton Station
  • Discuss some challenges met and lessons learned during Detroit Edison’s Conner’s Creek Power Station closure
  • Explore how to reposition sites for redevelopment and work jointly with the community to create a win/win scenario for all stakeholders involved
  • Discuss a Cooperative’s decommissioning and closure steps taken by Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Engage in a generation owners panel discussion on the challenges of decommissioning and closure
  • List Dominion Energy’s steps in reviewing decommissioning value engineering plans for successful projects
  • Review a thorough description of the process and steps for the novice, to accomplish a successful project
  • Engage in a contractor’s question and answer session sharing what generation owners should know before, during and after the decommissioning and demolition process.

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out 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.

Agenda

Monday, September 21, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Introductions


8:40 – 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome Opening Remarks

Kevin Hlavaty, Director, Major Enterprise Project, DTE Energy


9:00 – 10:00 a.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

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Great River’s Stanton Decommissioning

This presentation will review what has been accomplished and some conclusions of this successful closure project.

Rich Garman, Senior Project Manager, Great River Energy

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lessons Learned on Conner’s Creek Power Station

This presentation will discuss the challenges met and lessons learned during the final closure and completion of this site that stopped production over a decade ago.

Neil Mortensen BSCM, MAOM, PMP, MEP Project Manager, DTE Energy


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: DTE’s Harbor Beach Plant, A Case Study, “From Cradle to Grave”

CLP will discuss and detail our experience with Power Plant demolition, abatement, decommissioning, remediation, monitoring and regulatory closure. From technical to legal and compliance issues will be highlighted along with a “how to” reposition the sites for redevelopment and work jointly with the community to create a win/win scenario for all stakeholders involved.

Ron Froh, CEO & President, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)

Jay Clayton, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)

Dennis Bennett, General Counsel, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Nucla Station Decommissioning Overview

  1. Tri-State background
  2. Nucla Station background and history
  3. Decision process behind the plant closure
  4. Decommissioning activities
  5. Regulated materials survey
  6. Demolition plan
  7. Site Closure plan

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


3:00 – 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.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists:

Neil Mortensen BSCM, MAOM, PMP, MEP Project Manager, DTE Energy

Donald Smith, Project Manager, Dominion Energy

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


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:20 a.m. :: Demolition, Decommissioning, Environmental Clean-up and Liability and What Makes Sense for You 

  • Owners role in the closure
  • Contractor role in the closure
  • Early planning process and why it is critical
  • 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
  • Why having a hand in managing your project can be important to you
  • Case Study: Florida Power & Light and Jacksonville Electric Authority’s 1280 MW Johns River Power Park

Frank Bodami, Managing Member, Total Wrecking & Environmental, LLC


9:20 – 10:10 a.m. :: Managing (Identifying) Decommissioning Value Engineering Plans to Enable Effective Environmental Assessments, Permits, and Risk Reviews

  • Selecting the right Owners Engineer as a strategic partner
  • Completing the regulated materials survey to understand the pending financial liability
  • Understanding the complexity with utility separation planning with remaining on-site generating assets
  • Examining the environmental permits necessary for decommissioning and demolition
  • Developing high level cost estimates for financial planning
  • Developing the detailed demolition scope and solutions to establish contracting strategies

Donald Smith, Project Manager, Dominion Energy

10:10 – 10:40 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:40 – 11:45 a.m. :: Panel Discussion: What Owners should know

This moderated answer and question session will discuss the lessons learned during the process and what owners should know. Attendees should feel free to ask their questions of these expert panelists.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists:

Frank Bodami, Managing Member, Total Wrecking & Environmental, LLC

Paul N. Conway, Estimating & Marketing Manager, GSD Companies

Jay Clayton, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)

11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Planning and Implementation of Power Plant Retirements

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

New, cheaper natural gas generation and increasing use of renewable energy sources have continued to precipitate the retirement of fossil-fuel power plants around the United States.  This acceleration of retirements has forced utilities to determine the fate of these plants will be following shutdown.  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. 

This workshop is focused on presenting the steps in the process necessary to plan and implement the retirement process starting from the announcement of retirement to completion of the project.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the steps in pre-planning for a closure project
  • List what is involved in the scope development
  • Dive deeper into what is involved in project implementation

Agenda

  • 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

 

Instructor

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

Speakers

  • Dennis Bennett, General Council, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)
  • Frank Bodami, Managing Member, Total Wrecking & Environmental, LLC
  • Jay Clayton, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)
  • Paul N. Conway, Estimating & Marketing Manager, GSD Companies
  • Kenneth (Joe) Frazier, Plant Manager – Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project
  • Ron Froh, CEO & President, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC (CLP)
  • Rich Garman, Senior Project Manager, Great River Energy
  • Kevin Hlavaty, Director, Major Enterprise Project, DTE Energy
  • Neil Mortensen BSCM, MAOM, PMP, MEP Project Manager, DTE Energy
  • Terry Nelson, Senior Manager of Generation Project Construction, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
  • Donald Smith, Project Manager, Dominion Energy

Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit Downtown

525 W Lafayette Blvd

Detroit, MI 48226

Reserve your room:

please call 1-313-963-5600

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of September 20-21 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to August 20, 2020.

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2020 Plant Retirement: Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution
Location
DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit Downtown, 525 W Lafayette Blvd,Detriot,Michigan-48226
Starting on
April 27, 2020
Ending on
April 28, 2020
This annual conference will provide owners with the next step in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and lessons learned
Offer Price
USD 1195.00

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