Improving on a proven approach in power plants

Evolving the EPC model:  The case for expanding OEM participation in power plant design and construction

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model for power plant design and construction has demonstrated its ability to provide overall project guarantees and a single point of responsibility for owners. However, both the EPC provider and - to a greater extent - the plant owner, can realize significant improvements to this approach by engaging earlier and deeper with the OEM providing the instrumentation, control and electrical system (ICE).

Effective integration of this vital subsystem requires knowledge of devices and interactions that are only fully understood by the OEM. By more fully utilizing the expertise of the OEM that designs and manufactures the electrical and control products, higher levels of efficiency and reliability are assured.

One study showed this approach reduced construction time by 15% and cost by 8%, compared to the traditional EPC process.

A well-integrated ICE subsystem is critical to everything from smooth plant commissioning to more efficient long-term operation. As explained in this white paper, that should drive owners to consider a slightly different twist on the usual EPC model, and to expand the role of the ICE provider in the design and construction process.

 

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