Duke Energy is optimizing the asset management process for its regulated hydro fleet.
The US electricity utility has awarded Oxand a contract for an
audit of its hydro asset management process. The objective is to
rationalize investment costs related to infrastructure maintenance and
Oxand is conducting this review in accordance with the
international standard PAS 55, which allows it to give Duke Energy an
accurate measure of the maturity of its asset management process.
Oxand’s audit model, developed through successive assignments in the
hydro sector, is applicable to all industries.
Korea to devise a reference standard for extending a gas storage facilities lifespan
The Korean governmental authority KGS (Korean Gas Safety) wants
to create a standard for the requirements related to projects to extend
the operating life of its gas plants. Oxand has led training sessions
and a seminar on this theme at Siheung in Korea.
Around 20 Korean gas industry operators and clients were thus
able to benefit from approaches Oxand has developed over recent years.
The training programme included: presentation of international
regulatory standards, risk analysis, major critical ageing mechanisms,
related monitoring and also calculation of the residual life of a built
Oxand is supporting CENG to boost the power of its Nine Mile Point Unit 2
(Constellation Energy Nuclear Group) is working to increase the
generating capacity at Unit Two of its Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power
Station (in New York State), with implementation scheduled for Spring
2012. The electricity provider has commissioned Oxand to conduct an
independent review of the project’s risk management process.
Hydro-Quebec Production consults Oxand
How can we ensure the strategic planning of investments in
industrial assets? This is the challenge faced by Hydro-Quebec managers
responsible for the operation of production equipment.
Oxand recently supplied the Quebec energy provider with a
decision-making tool which will allow it to upgrade its current
decision-making processes. The goal is to optimize planned investments
in the high stakes assets of its hydroelectric infrastructure.
Performance Management Systems for the Dutch A15 Highway
For the Dutch Highway Agency, the reliability of Performance
Management Systems (PMS) was pivotal in their choice of a Design, Build,
Finance and Maintain (DBFM) contractor for the A15 highway. Iter
Fidelis, Oxand’s Dutch subsidiary, worked with the winning contractor,
A-Lanes A15 consortium, to implement a reliable PMS covering every
aspect of contractual obligations.
Iter Fidelis created the PMS methodology for the entire project
and worked in collaboration with various technical disciplines to define
verification processes needed to fill the ICT system with reliable
data. “PMS for highway infrastructure DBFM projects is new in the
Netherlands” said Sander Sieswerda of Iter Fidelis. “Using this system,
the public client has 24/7 access to all performance information.”
What tests can be implemented to support decision-making?
The Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation in Canada is
confronted with a problematic issue: it must manage four locks near
Montreal which are subject to the phenomenon of concrete expansion
(alkali aggregate reaction). Over time, this may affect the proper
functioning of the structures, or even interfere with river traffic on
this major North American commercial axis.
Oxand's mission is to determine the tests to be implemented on the
locks, the results of which must allow the Seaway's managers to
determine the best method for rehabilitating the installations.