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Benefits of CEA membership - CEA Endorsement

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Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme I-GAS

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Case Studies

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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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Biomass Boiler Explosion in Birmingham

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Bringing a Steam Boiler On-Line from Cold

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Medium Combustion Plant Directive News

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Benefits of CEA membership - CEA Endorsement

A retired industrial Engineer who is now working as a competent person inspecting Heritage Steam Plant and equipment.

 

I have found individual membership beneficial to myself along with BOAS accreditation. BOAS accreditation was an important part of professionally proving my competence to operate and look after steam plant. I found that maintaining membership was useful in assisting to keep me up to date with changes as they happened around the steam industry.

The Combustion Engineering Association Conference and workshop programme allows you to absorb legislation and your responsibilities with a group of likeminded people and together improve your knowledge and understanding of the subject. All the speakers know their subject and you get the chance to interact with them and get advice in plain English. The sessions are practicable and relevant with a chance to interact with others operating steam equipment where you can also share your experiences.

Membership also gives you the chance to get involved with the C.E.A. and help to make a difference. Their work on the Boiler Operator Accreditation, Boiler Feed Water (BG04) and Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme (I-GAS) which needed members to get together and write and set up the system and documents. This needs input from experts in their respective fields as well as some input from the intended recipients. If we put nothing in ourselves to CEA we will get nothing out, so attending and taking part will help you, others and the C.E.A.

 

Keith Hawkins

Eng Tech MSOE MIPlantE

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Benefits of CEA membership - CEA Endorsement

A retired industrial Engineer who is now working as a competent person inspecting Heritage Steam Plant and equipment.

 

I have found individual membership beneficial to myself along with BOAS accreditation. BOAS accreditation was an important part of professionally proving my competence to operate and look after steam plant. I found that maintaining membership was useful in assisting to keep me up to date with changes as they happened around the steam industry.

The Combustion Engineering Association Conference and workshop programme allows you to absorb legislation and your responsibilities with a group of likeminded people and together improve your knowledge and understanding of the subject. All the speakers know their subject and you get the chance to interact with them and get advice in plain English. The sessions are practicable and relevant with a chance to interact with others operating steam equipment where you can also share your experiences.

Membership also gives you the chance to get involved with the C.E.A. and help to make a difference. Their work on the Boiler Operator Accreditation, Boiler Feed Water (BG04) and Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme (I-GAS) which needed members to get together and write and set up the system and documents. This needs input from experts in their respective fields as well as some input from the intended recipients. If we put nothing in ourselves to CEA we will get nothing out, so attending and taking part will help you, others and the C.E.A.

 

Keith Hawkins

Eng Tech MSOE MIPlantE

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Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme I-GAS

The CEA I-GAS scheme provides a comprehensive qualification for Maintenance fitters, Technicians, Engineers and Designers of Industrial Gas Systems.

People in factories often think they are exempt from the ‘Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998’ (GSIUR) but they are wrong, the paragraph in blue is key to helping people understand compliance with the regulations.

Guidance to Regulation 3 of the GSIUR states:

“Gas work for those working at premises that fall outside the scope of the Regulations should only be undertaken by a person who has successfully completed an appropriate full training course followed by an assessment of competence”.

The CEA’s Industrial Gas Operations Accreditation Scheme (I-GAS) was officially launched in March 2017 and has been created to fill this gap, it was created in collaboration with industrial gas training providers/centers, manufacturers of combustion equipment, and employers.

It is the only formal training and accreditation scheme currently available that is specifically designed for maintenance staff and technicians working with gas in industrial premises.

For further information on the I-GAS course please click here

I-GAS Training Providers

Level 1

Combustion Engineering Association

info@cea.org.uk – 01740 625538

NETPark, Thomas Wright Way, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 3FD

 

Level 2 & Level 3

Blue Flame Associates

Nick Evans, training@blueflameassociates.com - 0845 1949 040 (if calling from mobiles 01782 576810)

Unit 8 High Carr Network Centre, Millennium Way, High Carr Business Park, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 7XE


SGAS

Steve Johnston, steve@sgas.co.uk - +44 (0)1253 697078

Unit 8 Broughton Way, Off Thompson Rd, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5QN


SAACKE

Paul Nolan, P.Nolan@saacke.com - +44 (0)23 92333813

Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA


Kiwa  - Level 2 only

Andrew Mathews, andrew.mathews@kiwa.co.uk - T: +44(0)1242 508790 M: +44(0)7718 570566

Kiwa House, Malvern View Business Park, Stella Way, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 7DQ, UK

 

Upcoming Courses

Click here for Level 2 & Level 3 courses

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Case Studies

Watkins Hire have provided CEA with some interesting case studies, click on the links to view What they did, How they did it, the result and the equipment used.

1. End User: A Major Utility Company

The Challenge

Due to a unforseen breakdown, a major utility company working on strict timescales had the urgent requirement for a 15,000kg/hr steam boiler to operate at 8 barg working pressure.

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2. End User: Luxury Apartments in London

The Challenge

A call was taken via Watkins Hire’s 24/7 Emergency Hotline regarding the urgent need for assistance due to the failure of an existing boiler at a prestigious residential block of 134 apartments in London

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3. End User: Luxury Apartment Building Management Company

The Challenge

A management company required a temporary boiler installation to assist during the planned replacement of existing site boilers for a block of 330 luxury apartments and swimming pool in the centre of London

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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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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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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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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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