The globe is going green, at least with regard to energy sources. In the wake of climate change, there is massive support from most governments globally to use renewable energy sources and cut down on emissions, in an effort to protect the environment. As such, many industries are moving on from coal as an energy source to natural gas, meaning business is booming for gas turbine manufacturers.
Purchasing a gas turbine is no walk in the park, even if you have done this before. Since the turbine will be the main source of energy for your industry, you need to make sure that everything is in perfect working order, and all your bases are covered before signing the purchase agreement.
What to look out for
No one wants to end up with a dud turbine, so make sure to check on the following:
Read the fine print
The process of purchasing a turbine often involves signing a purchase agreement before its manufacture and delivery. As part of this process, the manufacturer should provide technical bulletins that should identify potential issues that may arise in their turbines, and how they can be addressed.
It is important for you, therefore, to ensure that the recommendations for corrective measures or updates to the turbine are included in the purchase agreement, and at no additional cost. Otherwise, they may either not be implemented, or require additional money from you.
Protect your investment
Picture the following scenario: You have paid 95% of the turbine cost to cater for manufacturing and delivery. Unfortunately, something happens to the manufacturer and they are unable to deliver, and based on your agreement, you cannot get your 95% deposit back. That is a major loss!
What you need to do is ensure that you are protected, and there are a number of ways to do it:
- Adjust the payment schedule.
- Get a performance bond.
- Arrange for risk retention.
- Get a separate EPC agreement along with the purchase agreement and fill in the gaps between the two documents.
Your turbine should be designed to match your project requirements specifically. Therefore, while you should consider the emissions, noise, heat rate, reliability, and output of the turbine, you should consider the specific performance requirements necessary for your project.
These requirements should be extensively negotiated with the manufacturer and detailed specifically in the purchase agreement. That way, you are assured of getting exactly what you need. If you need help with your gas turbine, AC-DLE is here to help you. We provide services Gas Turbine Aero Control Systems, Gas Turbine Troubleshooting & Startup and many more. For more about our services, please check our services page.