From Energy-Tech Magazine
Without regular maintenance and repairs, condenser tube leaks and condenser air inleakage can turn into costly problems for power plant managers. A large leak can lead to unplanned outages that last multiple days and result in millions of dollars in lost income. Despite the risks, managers consistently wrestle with the decision of when a leak is of high concern and when repairs can be reasonably delayed. As long as a unit is running there is hesitancy to address leaks that would result in downtime.
Ultimately, each identified leak must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but what’s concerning is that some plants don’t have the proper systems and processes in place to check regularly for leaks. While a comprehensive leak detection plan won’t eliminate all potential issues, developing one with your internal teams and a maintenance partner can go a long way toward increasing efficiency and protecting against major disruption and damages. Below are four tips for building an effective leak detection program.