Managing the life cycle of high-value and high-risk turbomachinery with one service partner – Case BIR Avfallsenergi AS, Norway

In 2018 the Norwegian BIR Avfallsenergi AS (BIR) signed an eight-year agreement with Fortum for turbine and generator services. The undertaking includes major and minor overhauls and 24-hour support.

BIR Avfallsenergi AS Norway

Case description

BIR’s Rådalen waste-to-energy plant in Bergen takes care of the municipal waste handling and district heating delivery. The facility encompasses two complete production lines with one turbine and generator unit in each. When it was time to renew the turbine and generator service agreement, the main driver was to find a single supplier in order to save time and money.

“We wanted to find one supplier who could manage the entire chain, by that I mean servicing, maintenance and monitoring of the production lines as well as providing us with 24-hour support. Our assessment was that in the long term, a system-wide solution would be the most economic – and it would enable us to reduce the number of suppliers and contracts we have to manage. It is much simpler with just one service partner,” says Kenneth Sörsdal, Advisor at BIR AS.

Fortum Turbine and Generator Services, with the most economical solution, broad knowledge and its own experience as an energy producer, fulfilled the customer's demands. The long-term, eight-year service agreement includes major and minor overhauls and year-round 24/7 support.

BIR Rådalen power plant

Waste treatment: 220,000 tonnes per year
Two boilers, each of which can incinerate up to 14 tonnes per hour
Maximum energy: 60 MW district heating and 8 MW electricity in the winter
Contract signed: 2018
Project duration: Years 2018-2026
Delivery scope: Turbine and generator service agreement including major and minor overhauls, remote monitoring and 24-hour support

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