Overview

To identify operational issues before they occur and reduce maintenance costs, GE provided the 445MW Whitegate combined-cycle power plant with their APM digital solution.

The challenge

With European government regulations demanding more renewable energy production, in turn creating a greater need for reliable, on-demand generation capacity, Bord Gáis Energy understood it needed to prepare the station for future grid challenges

The solution

With the APM solution in place, the intelligent mix of data allowed Whitegate to make almost immediate changes, such as identifying an incorrectly installed component that, when corrected, provided a 25 percent savings on gas usage.

Outcomes

The power of big data

141

Sensors across the plant

Savings on gas usage

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The software that GE’s developing is not just about collecting big data. It’s about turning that data into useful information, into intelligence, and it can help us make better decisions.

Chris Barry

Whitegate Project Engineer

The 445-megawatt Whitegate gas combined-cycle power plant is located 25 miles east of the city of Cork, and provides power to 10% of Ireland. It’s owned by Bord Gáis Energy, and is the premiere site of GE’s Reliability Excellence software technology. This groundbreaking solution uses big data to help the plant avoid potential operational issues by identifying them before they occur, as well as reduce maintenance costs.

GE installed a condition-based, monitoring solution featuring 141 total sensors throughout the plant. These sensors allow for 24/7 monitoring of the plant’s hardware, offering Whitegate’s engineers operational recommendations while still providing a single, consolidated view of plant performance.

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Customer outcomes

Whitegate enhances its reliability with GE's asset performance management digital solutions