ETD Consulting Services for Power and Process Plants

European Technology Development (ETD) is an international consulting company providing services to power and process plants worldwide. ETD’s consulting work is unique in that it is backed up with world-class collaborative R&D.

ETD’s consulting services cover areas such as:

  • Plant life assessment / extension (both deterministic and probabilistic)
  • On-site services such as replication, boroscopy, hardness, scanning force microscopy for creep, fatigue and corrosion damage assessment, boat sampling, NDE guidance and supervision
  • Fitness-for-service (FFS)
  • Stress and FE analysis (Caesar 2, Abaqus, Ansys)
  • Weld and weld repair assessment
  • Root cause failure analysis and remedial measures
  • Crack assessment
  • Design review and improvement (especially for plant cyclic capability)
  • Risk-based management / inspection / maintenance
  • Benchmarking for plant performance, efficiency improvement, costs, failures, forced outage, etc.
  • Water chemistry and flow-assisted corrosion (FAC)

Power plant performance assessment

ETD’s structural integrity team consists of internationally recognised experts and can provide full analysis, which includes material properties analysis, stress analysis, creep and fatigue fracture and crack / defect assessment procedures using fitness-for-service ‘Fitnet’, BS7910, R6, R5, API579, EN12952 and RCCMR-A16. ETD also supports with design solutions to overcome weaknesses in structures.

Power plant performance assessment using the benchmarking approach for conventional, CCGTs and cogeneration plants is a very beneficial practice for plants trying to improve operation, maintenance, efficiency and other such factors, and reduce costs. The critical analysis of various performance indicators and their comparison with ETD’s large database is carried out to identify gaps and/or areas of improvement that influence plant availability and can help utilities to set realistic targets for best practices and performance improvement.

Integrity and life assessment of boilers, HRSGs and turbines

Integrity and life assessment of boilers / HRSGs, turbines (both steam and gas) and auxiliary equipment is our speciality. We have extensive experience in steam pipeline integrity and life assessment. We have just completed integrity and remaining life assessment of 12 boilers in Saudi Arabia, two HRSGs in Malaysia and are currently supporting Korean companies in the inspection, quality assurance and damage assessment of four sets of steam turbines and HRSGs, and a Middle Eastern company with the integrity assessment of a gas turbine.

Risk-based management and inspection of power plants

Increasingly these days maintenance managers are finding that there is less time (and/or money) available to do the amount of maintenance that they would like to do. There are a number of ways to assess the priority that should be given to maintenance or inspection tasks but increasingly a risk-based approach is preferred. ETD has developed risk-based maintenance guidelines/procedure known as ‘Riskfit’ specifically aimed at power generating equipment.

The main objective of risk-based maintenance is to allow a framework to identify and measure the risk areas and thereby allow optimised focusing of available resources.

Crack / defect assessment procedure and software

‘Crackfit’, a commercial software developed by ETD in collaboration with some of the European industry, deals with the assessment of cracks / defects in both low and high-temperature plants. The software contains a range of component and crack geometries experienced in high-temperature plants and a database and materials properties relevant to crack assessment.

ETD’s specialist tools

ETD is the European and world leader in providing probabilistic plant life assessment, probabilistic crack assessment, ‘boat sampling’ using our unique electrical discharge sampling equipment (EDSE) and scanning force microscopy (SFM) for creep, fatigue and corrosion damage assessment. ETD can perform modelling of plant operation / start-up / cycling costs, and guidance on plant cyclic operation / two-shifting / load following.

ETD team

The ETD team offers unparalleled expertise in plant asset integrity and on-site life assessment. The team consists of highly qualified metallurgists, mechanical engineers, FAC, water chemistry and corrosion specialists who can provide peace of mind to plant owners and operators by reducing technical and business risk.

The team can respond promptly to shut-downs or form part of a predictive / preventative maintenance strategy, and can therefore be considered an extended part of a company’s planned or unplanned outage. We bring highly specialised and experienced personnel to time-critical situations to minimise loss of production or to maximise the longevity of assets and profitability.

Training courses

As part of its technology transfer programme ETD regularly conducts bespoke and routine training courses around the world. Examples for 2012 include:

  • London: 11-15 June – Course in High Temp. Plant Life Assessment (including P91 issues, crack assessment, codes, analysis, staged approach to lifing)
  • USA (Charlotte, North Carolina): 26-27 November – Course in ‘Crack Assessment in Plant – both at low and high temperatures’; 28-30 November – Int. Conf. on ‘Power Plant Cyclic Operation’- Conventional Plant + CCGT; 26-29 November – Course in ‘Gas Turbine’ issues

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ETD has a range of reliability centred maintenance (RCM) services available.

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9 January 2015

ETD has a range of reliability centred maintenance (RCM) services available.

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10 December 2014

ETD Consulting is pleased to launch another group sponsored project (GSP), WELDLIFE, for international industry sponsorship.

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26 November 2014

ETD has a global reputation for providing expert Power and Process Plant Integrity and Asset Management Services. Don't take our word for it, see what our clients and project partners have to say.

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18 November 2014

ETD Consulting has completed its diary of events for 2015.

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18 November 2014

ETD has been recognised as International Business of the Year, at the Leatherhead & District Business Awards 2014.

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3 November 2014

ETD Consulting is holding a four-day gas turbine course from 9 to 12 December in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK.

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17 October 2014

ETD Consulting is launching a free, online webinar on 29 October, 3pm London, UK, time and 10am New York, US, time, to discuss power plant cost and performance analysis.

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14 October 2014

ETD Consulting is launching a webinar for utilities from around the globe to provide a better understanding of the benefits of asset management and reliability centred maintenance (RCM).

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9 October 2014

ETD Consulting is holding a two-day P91 / 92 course on 14 to 15 October, followed by a two-day industry seminar on 16 to 17 October.

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6 October 2014

ETD is currently coordinating / running two large industry or group sponsored projects (GSPs) on P91 and P92 Issues. These are sponsored by European and Asian utilities and manufacturers.

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26 September 2014

Join ETD for a free 50-minute webinar on why cost and performance analysis is a powerful way to assess short and long-term impact for strategic decision making, and to understand some of the drivers behind these impacts.

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19 September 2014

ETD Consulting is holding a two-day P91 / 92 course from 14-15 October, followed by a two-day industry seminar from 16-17 October, titled 'Use and Abuse of P91 and P92'.

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16 May 2014

ETD Consulting has started a new two-year group sponsored project (GSP), which is now open for sponsorship and participation.

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3 April 2014

ETD, a power plant consulting company based in the south of London, is organising three popular two-day Power Plant Life Management Foundation (LMF) Courses. These back-to-back stand-alone but inter-linked courses will be held in Leatherhead, Surrey, just south of London).

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4 November 2013

ETD is organising three two-day popular Power Plant Life Management (LMF) training courses. The back-to-back, stand-alone but inter-linked courses will be held in Leatherhead, Surrey (just south of London), in mid-February and repeated in mid-June 2014.

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20 September 2013

European Technology Development (ETD) has completed its new 'Guidelines for Power Plant Preservation', which is now available for purchase to industry worldwide. It is also in the process of completing a project for preparing 'Guidelines for the Commissioning of CCGT's', followed by a set of guidelines for the commissioning of conventional power plants.

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10 June 2013

ETD provides asset management services to conventional and CCGT plants worldwide. These include plant condition assessment, risk-based inspection and management, crack assessment, plant integrity and life Assessment, benchmarking, as well as boiler tube failure management.

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10 May 2013

The European Technology Development (ETD) will host a two-day training course on P91+P92 steels for industry engineers from 21-22 May, followed by a two-day international seminar on 'New Materials' (P91, P92, P23, P24) from 23-24 May. Both are being held at the Institute of Materials (IOM3), central London, UK.

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8 April 2013

The launch of this multi-client group sponsored project (GSP) is a follow-up to an ETD's earlier exploratory phase GSP called 'P91 Integrity'. P91 Integrity project involved a good deal of preliminary work on new equipment development (with our industrial collaborators) for the early stage detection and monitoring of creep cavities and damage in P91 steel.

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14 March 2013

ETD Consulting is to host a seminar entitled 'New Materials (P91, P92, P23, P24)', which runs from 23-24 May and is preceded by a training course on P91, P92 steel welded components from 21-22 May.

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28 January 2013

London, May 2013: After a gap of nearly two years, European Technology Development's (ETD) is returning to London with its two-day (9-10 May) International Seminar on New Materials (P91, P92, P23, P24, Ni-based alloys and new stainless steels etc). The seminar will focus on industry issues and related R&D findings.

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13 November 2012

ETD will be hosting a unique conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, US, from 28 to 30 November.

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12 November 2012

ETD will be running Gas Turbine Training Courses in Dubai and the US in November.

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23 October 2012

ETD, an international technical consulting company for power and process plant, is pleased to announce that it will be conducting, for the fourth consecutive year, its gas turbine training course on 18 to 22 November 2012 in Dubai. The previous three GT courses were held in London.

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13 September 2012

European Technology Development is to host a conference entitled 'Power Plant/CCGT/HRSG Cyclic Operation: Technical Cost Issues' in the US in November.

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10 August 2012

A number of training courses are being offered this year by the European Technology Development (ETD) leading experts.

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2 August 2012

European Technology Development, based in Surrey, UK and offices and operations in the USA, is organising a unique Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, US, on 28-30 November 2012.

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29 March 2012

UK based company ETD has now announced the launch of a number of its new multi-client or Group Sponsored Projects (GSPs) in addition to completing some of the existing ones.

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19 December 2011

European Technology Development (ETD) has produced a list of Final Reports on its completed projects for those who may be interested in a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved or guidelines for the smooth operation, inspection, monitoring, repair and maintenance, etc. of their power plant.

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