Experience of running hydropower stations in Lao has shown that even after careful project planning and good quality control measures from construction to commissioning, unforeseen problems do occur in service resulting in unplanned outages / low generation and load shedding etc. This causes disruption to consumers and reduced cash generation for the operator. A contributing factor to these operational problems is the fact that hydro power equipment and plant is custom built. The equipment cannot be fully assembled or tested in a factory before sending it to site. Maintenance activities at predetermined time intervals are necessary to ensure the reliability and efficiency of the plants.
Interaction amongst working staff at various power stations in the country needs to be organized to improve performance of plant and equipment in totality so as to implement good Operation & Maintenance Practices. Therefore to refresh its employees knowledge and to give advanced technical information to improve their work quality, Electricite du Laos (EDL) and EDL Generation Public Company (EDL Gen) hosted the Operation and Maintenance of Hydro Power Plants Training Program from 27thFebruary – 2nd March 2017 in Vientiane , Laos.
The program collaborated with Tenaga Nasional Berhad, was attended by 26 participants from Electricite du Laos (EDL) and EDL Generation Public Company (EDL Gen) of Lao and 4 delegates from Sarawak Energy Berhad of Malaysia.
The 4 days program focus on the overview of hydro plant, hydro plant major component and systems (including civil structure and hydro plant systems), hydro plant operation, hydro plant isolation and normalization including hydro plant testing and re-commissioning and was facilitated by Ms Soh Ley Bau, Principal Trainer and Mr Muhamad Munawir Bin Mohd Yatim, Subject Matter Expert of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia.
Ms Rattana PRATHOUMVAN Managing Director and CEO of EDL Gen graciously officiated the event on behalf of EDL.