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Plant Retirement: Learning from Experience

Event Description and Agenda:

Almost all generation owners of coal or oil fueled stations have begun or are starting the process of decommissioning their retired facilities. For some, this is a new challenge and listening to the experiences of others can be of great assistance.

This conference will share the experiences and lessons learned of those owners who have been through the process. The interactive discussions will focus on: decommissioning program development, contract lessons learned, managing retired assets, safety program development for decommissioning, and case studies of complicated closures. The conference will end with an on-site tour of a station currently in process of being dismantled.

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

8:00 - 8:25 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25 - 8:30 a.m. :: Introductions

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. :: Setting Up a Demolition Program

As the industry is modernizing their generation fleet, many coal and oil fired generation facilities are being retired. Duke Energy has gone from retiring a few plants to over 30 coal fire plants and over 50 oil fired combustion turbines. Benefits and drivers for the program will be discussed. In addition key elements of a program will be shared.

Issa Zarzar, Director - Plant Demolition and Retirement, Duke Energy

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. :: The Ins and Outs of Contracting Demolition Contractors

This session will examine various contracting methods owners can use to procure demolition services. The session will look at the advantages and disadvantages of each and how each method relates to the salvage and scrap market and what monetary risks exist with each method. Examples of each contracting method will be presented.

Chris Dowdell, Decommissioning & Demolition Program Manager, HDR, Inc.

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

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. :: Contract Lessons Learned in Decommissioning

Duke Energy has already completed demolition of several coal fired and oil fired units. Having worked with 5 of the top demolition contractors in the industry, several key lessons learned in the contract strategy to execute the demolition program will be shared.

Danny Wimberly, East Regional Manager - Decommissioning and Demolition, Duke Energy

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. :: Decommissioning DTE Energy's Fossil Fuel Plants from an Operations Perspective
  • Decommissioning and Demolition Strategy
  • Decommissioning Safety Aspects
  • Fossil Generation Decommissioning Operations Overview
  • Fossil Generation Decommissioning Operations Daily Role
  • Lessons Learned

Neil Mortensen, Deconstruction & Demolition Project Manager, DTE Energy

Terry Sundt, Senior Safety & Health Engineer, DTE Energy

Scott Jones, Operations Supervisor, DTE Energy

Osman Hudson, Power Plant Operator, DTE Energy

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. :: Managing Retired Assets

This presentation will delve into the management of retired plants covering the following areas and more: developing a retired site program, a programmatic approach to retired sites, evaluating all options for retired sites, and identifying hold costs for sites.

Dennis Dunning, Plant Asset Manager, Exelon Generation

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. :: Steps to Take in the Safe Demolishing of Plants

Industry recordable injury and fatality rates associated with demolition work are high. TVA believes that a goal of zero recordable injuries and zero fatalities is a reasonable and achievable expectation for demolition work. This presentation will discuss historical demolition safety statistics, causes of injuries and deaths, and steps that TVA is taking to safely demolish its fleet of retired fossil plants.

Richard G. Simmons, PMP, Principal Project Manager, Decommissioning Program, Tennessee Valley Authority

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. :: A Roundtable Discussion on Securing Decommissioning Services

Moderated by

Joe Vendetti, Senior Demolition Estimator, Envirocon

Panelists:

Christine Harris, Director - Project Management, Dominion Resources Services

Issa Zarzar, Director - Plant Demolition and Retirement, Duke Energy

Ray Ammarell, Decommissioning Project Manager, South Carolina Electric & Gas

Richard G. Simmons, PMP, Principal Project Manager, Decommissioning Program, Tennessee Valley Authority

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. :: Case Study: Decommissioning Canadys Station

This discussion will cover the steps taken and lessons learned in the decommissioning of this complicated site.

Ray Ammarell, Decommissioning Project Manager, South Carolina Electric & Gas

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. :: Estimating the DDD of Your Power Plant Retirement
  • Identify Your Costs
  • Identify Your Assets
  • Identify Your Risks
  • Identify the Project Duration
  • Project Expectation
  • Estimating 101
  • KISS - Questions

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

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. :: Case Study: Dominion's Chesapeake Energy Center
  • Decision making Process to Shut Down and Demolish Chesapeake Energy Center
  • Steps to get Chesapeake Energy Center in a "cold and dark" condition
  • Utility Disconnect Initiative
  • Scope Development
  • Qualifying Contractors
  • Bidding ProcessScope of Work
  • Duration of Scope Items and Overall Project Schedule
  • Sub-contractors
  • Unique Issues and Foreseeable Challenges Associated with Demolishing Chesapeake Energy Center

Christine Harris, Director - Project Management, Dominion Resources Services

Dennis McGarel, Sales Manager, Brandenburg Industrial Service Company

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break and Boarding Tour Bus

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. :: Tour of Dominion's Chesapeake Energy Center Demolition Project

Tour the ongoing demolition project of this 650 mega watt power plant. This tour will give a general overview of the scope of the project as well as the means and methods necessary to complete the work.

Dominion Project Team

Brandenburg Project Team

12:45 p.m. :: Bus Returns to Hotel and Conference Adjourns

 

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