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Lay up procedure - Byworth Boilers

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The safe operation of boilers - who's responsible?

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Emerson patented combustion solution

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BOAS Assessors - The Key to our Success

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Bringing a Steam Boiler On-Line from Cold

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Biomass Boiler Explosion in Birmingham

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Medium Combustion Plant Directive News

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Testimonial - Ford Motor Company

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Use of Filming Amines and Reverse Osmosis in boiler water treatment

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Reducing Boiler Operating Pressure

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Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

From a serious boiler explosion in Hong Kong to a fact finding and training visit to the UK, The CEA's Chairman Derry Carr with Cochran's David Branch was involved with helping the authorities in Hong Kong investigate a serious boiler explosion.

Then it was on to visit a very well run and organised NHS Estates department at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. Heartlands have been a member of the CEA fro several years, attending conference workshops and other initiatives such as the MCPD, Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment, BOAS and I-GAS. 

To read the full article click here.

 

 

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Lay up procedure - Byworth Boilers

CHRISTMAS LAYUP PROCEDURE FOR YOUR BOILERS

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With many businesses closing for Christmas, Byworth’s Chief Technician, David Tilleard, discusses how to prepare a boiler for short term storage. David reports: “A boiler left idle for an extended period of time is likely to suffer corrosion as the normally low levels of oxygen scavenger are depleted. Any boiler that’s going to be left for a few days should be ‘laid up’.”

Read more of this story here. 

Visit www.byworth.co.uk for further case studies and news stories. 

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The safe operation of boilers - who's responsible?

If you are reading this, then the likelihood is you're an engineer with responsibility of the boiler plant in your organisation. Now that could be a factory, a hospital, a chemical plant, a prison or in fact anywhere with a boiler.

So, is the boiler plant your responsibility? Yes; you say, it is my responsibility.

The fact is, the over-riding responsibility for the safe operation of the boilers within your organisation sits with the head of your organisation. It may be the MD or the CEO or some other such title but for this exercise we will call him/her the MD. The chances are, they're not from an engineering background and possibly don't even know where the boilerhouse is, but they cannot get away from it, in law, they are responsible.

So what are their responsibilities?

Read Derry's Article Here 

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Emerson patented combustion solution

Take a look at this video which was the subject of the CEA's David Gunn Memorial Lecture, 19th October 2017, delivered in the House of Lords by Chip Rennie - Director, Global Industrial Energy Solutions. Whilst explaining "The "Art" of Combustion - Then and Now" Chip talked about the previous technologies of controlling fuel and air ratios and then discussed the modern way of controlling this air fuel mix and a new algorithm for controlling it, all of which is in the attached video just released by Emerson Process Management.

 

The CEA's Honorary President Dr Pete Waterman said "the presentation was extremely informative and has answered some very important questions for [him] and [his] guest Matt Conway, on recent developments in combustion technology". It was also very informative for many of the guests attending. For those that may not know, Pete Waterman has and still is very heavily involved in many aspects of Engineering from Heritage Railways rebuilding and renovation of steam locos through to the design, build and infrastructure for HS2 and all aspects of Engineering in-between, and it goes without saying, his passion for music.

 

https://www.emerson.com/en-us/asset-detail/patented-combustion-solution-from-emerson-improves-performance-1650444

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BOAS Assessors - The Key to our Success

Could you be part of the team?

The Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme has been running for over 12 years now and is in a significantly enhanced and ‘steady state’ of operation after seeing over 3330 successful candidates pass through the scheme up to September 2017.

But what makes a successful training and assessment scheme?  One answer in the case of BOAS is the Assessors.

There is no such thing as a typical BOAS Assessor.  Sure, they all have a wealth of experience in the operation of steam and hot water boilers, and they have all been associated with the boiler industry in some way for most of their working lives, but they are all different characters and all highly professional individuals.  Some have an engineering consultancy background, some come from the H&S world, and some have spent many years operating plant at sea and on shore, but they all know their boilers.

Many of the dozen or so Assessors are retired, a few still have a full time role, and some are also BOAS Trainers; there is nothing wrong with being a BOAS Trainer and an Assessor as long as you do not assess the candidates you have trained.  Working in the BOAS scheme is a form of CPD for all those involved – we all learn something new every day from the candidates and the other professionals in the CEA involved in the scheme.

BOAS Assessors love to talk about steam and love to share experiences with their colleagues.  They take on the challenge of keeping up-to-date with their industry whilst encouraging the candidates they assess to know more about the plants they operate and increase their own knowledge.  A BOAS Assessment is a structured and quite rigorous process, but Assessors come away from their candidate interviews with the satisfaction of seeing good boilermen becoming safer and better boiler operators, and their managers and supervisors knowing more about their roles and the laws and best practices that underpin the industry.

Boiler explosions and related dangerous occurrences are rare in this country, and this is no accident.  Trained boiler operators and managers are now required to have BOAS by some employers, and insurance inspectors are looking for trained operatives when they inspect plant – it is a legal requirement to be trained for work activities, after all. 

The CEA awarded Kiwa the task of managing the BOAS assessment process and organising the Assessors.  They are always on the lookout for new Assessors to join the team.  A steady increase in the numbers being trained, plus the addition of a new category of operator and the continual five yearly renewals mean that the BOAS scheme is going from strength to strength.  Do you think you could join in with our success?

Please apply to Andrew Mathews at Andrew.mathews@kiwa.co.uk or Dave Kilpatrick at info@cea.org.uk.  We look forward to welcoming you to the team.

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Bringing a Steam Boiler On-Line from Cold

To help understand what needs to be done and why things need to be done in a certain way, the following procedure presumes that the boiler is completely cold and dry, such as after a prolonged shutdown or annual inspection.

Steps can be omitted for boilers with some residual heat still in them and a typical example of this could be the start up after a weekend shutdown where the boiler has dropped in pressure and cooled, yet still has heat in it.

Note: The need to heat the boiler slowly will be explained throughout this procedure and it can take many hours for a large cold boiler to be heated correctly to operating temperature and pressure. Timing will also depend on how much treated water is available to fill the boiler, so be prepared for a long day and you may have to include a shift handover procedure to safely complete the task.

To read to full article please click here. 

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Biomass Boiler Explosion in Birmingham

A factory worker has died and two others left in a stable condition following an explosion at a recycling plant in Oldbury, Birmingham. 

The man, in his 50s, suffered very serious burns in the explosion, in the early hours of Monday 7th August. Sadly he later died from his injuries.

Two other workers in their 30s and 40s also sustained burns in the incident. They remain in a stable condition in hospital.

The police were called by the fire service at 1:50am Monday morning. 

Health and Safety Executive chiefs said they are aware of the incident and will investigate.

Read the full article here. 

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Medium Combustion Plant Directive News

Now that the recent election is over Defra are able to re-engage with Stakeholders on current projects, the most pressing being MCPD.

A number of matters have arisen over the last few weeks:

Consultation

The Government’s consultation on the implementation of the MCPD ran between 16 November 2016 and 8 February 2017, and the results were published at the end of June.

Of the 112 responses received, the largest number of responses were from the Energy sector, followed by Industry, Local Authorities and Regulators.

Implementation Summary

MCP Timetable

AQMAs

One clearly overriding factor in these discussions is the scope and importance of Air Quality Management Areas.  The Directive (Art 6:9) allows the Regulator to impose stricter controls on emissions for AQMA and it is likely with current public pressure and interest that this will be done.

EA Guidance

NOTE – this is a short form of the document discussed at the stakeholder working group and further detail (especially for diesel generator rules) is available on request to the CEA.

See the full News article Here

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Testimonial - Ford Motor Company

I am very pleased to provide this testimonial on behalf of Ford Motor Company.

My role is Engineering Manager responsible for the Boiler House & estate maintenance for the Ford plant at Dagenham, Essex.

I contacted the CEA for advice on training after the completion of our new boiler house in 2015 on the recommendation of the boiler manufacturer.

I was contacted by David Kilpatrick who recommended the BOAS accreditation for Managers, Supervisors, & Operators, which we completed.

I found the course very informative giving us an excellent understanding of BG01, with the benefit of having it delivered on our own premises.

My team have all given positive feedback on what they received.

I have since attended the Technical Boiler House Risk Assessment conference which has been very useful in giving me the tools to enable implementing my own technical Risk Assessments.

The CEA are always on hand for advice and networking in other areas, on the recommendation of David Kilpatrick I have since started my team on an industrial gas qualification I-GAS, which is going well so far.

As a customer I have found the whole experience excellent and would most definitely recommend the CEA. Well done.

 

Dean Sheldrake,

Superintendent
Utility & Estate Services
Ford Motor Company Limited

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Use of Filming Amines and Reverse Osmosis in boiler water treatment

The Camberley plant is a large commercial laundry part of the CLEAN group of laundries. This plant processes up to one million pieces of linen per week on a two shift/7 day per week operation.

For Clean Camberly, the use of and RO plant and injection of amine is very successful.  The boilers have stayed in good condition with minimal scaling in the boiler. TDS stays low and constant so blowdowns are minimised with a good saving in energy.  They have little or no problems with the other parts of the steam system either.

L. Armitstead

Engineering Manager, Clean Camberley

June 2017

Please Note - This article is a personal view by the author based on their results of their steam boiler and system.

Also note - David Kilpatrick director of the CEA would like to point readers to the CEA guidance document BG04 which talks in detail about all aspects of Steam and Boiler Water Treatment. Pages 22 and 23 offer words of caution on when and where Amine can be used, as it may suit this closed loop process but please check with a steam boiler water treatment expert that it is suitable for your process. Because steam boiler water treatment is a complex subject CEA do not endorse any technical aspect of this article and it is highly recommended that the reader carries out a thorough risk assessment in accordance with BG04 to ensure the correct boiler water treatment is applied to your individual application. 

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Reducing Boiler Operating Pressure

What Are the Implications of De-rating Boiler Pressure Below that of Boiler Design Pressure

Is it appropriate on your plant to reduce the boiler operating pressure with a view to saving money on fuel costs, when you consider both the effects on the plant and equipment and the associated risks of making the necessary changes?

In these days of pushing the boundaries on energy efficiency it’s very easy to connect a lower working temperature in a boiler to a lower flue gas temperature and therefore higher efficiency; but is that really the case?  While it’s true that a 15°C reduction in flue gas temperature will save most steam users 1% of the boiler running cost, it isn’t quite that simple when it comes to looking at the effect on the system as whole.

Click here to read the article.

Adrian Rhodes - CEA Vice Chairman

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