Overview

In February 2020, GE Gas Power was scheduled to complete a modernization at Tirreno’s Torrevaldaliga Sud plant, located south of Rome.

The challenge

The modernization consisted of the installation of a new rotor and of an enhanced compressor system to increase the turbine’s robustness and durability.

The solution

Engineers from GE and FieldCore worked together and in close cooperation with Tirreno Power experts to quickly implement an array of safety measures.

Outcomes

Putting safety at the forefront

30

team members focused on the goal

of electricity generated in Italy is from GE technology

1200 MW

supplied to the grid by Torrevaldaliga Sud

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With work already underway, it was crucial that GE complete the turbine modernization to restore the availability of our plant, which produces the equivalent of electricity consumed in average by 3 million homes. Relying on outstanding technical skills of the staff involved in this critical operation, we decided to confirm the work plan in order to make our plant promptly available for the national grid to help secure the energy supply in the country in the emergency period.

Alessandro Gaglione

Head of Power Generation, Tirreno Power

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In the first weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak, as the pandemic spread and COVID-19 protective measures were put in place, GE and Tirreno Power prioritized additional safety protocols and procedures aiming to ensure the timely and safe completion of the outage. These included more frequent disinfections at the site, physical distancing including in site cafeterias and locker rooms, and the use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Additionally, enhanced measures included the creation of a joint GE - FieldCore COVID-19 taskforce with the mission to monitor and address the rapidly evolving situation and aiming ensure compliance with local, national and company regulations.

“Despite the daily challenges caused by the pandemic and longer-than-expected isolation from family and loved ones, our team worked day and night to complete the outage, safely.” said Steven Miller, Service Leader for Europe at GE Gas Power.