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  • Fundamental principles
  • Acronyms
  • Plant identification
  • Safety systems

Thermal plant configuration and operations

  • Power generation principles
  • Review of power plants across Australia
  • Fuel sources
  • Boiler plant
    > Pulverised fuel
    > Biomass
    > Continuous fluidised bed
    > Bubbling bed
  • Emissions
  • The steam and water cycle
  • Subcritical and supercritical boilers
  • Turbine plant
  • Condensate and feedwater heating systems
  • Generator plant
  • Electrical systems
  • Cooling water systems
  • Balance of plant systems

Thermal plant operations and control

  • Synchronising
  • Load management
  • Hazards and the appropriate precautions
  • Control systems
  • Burner management and boiler automatic control systems
  • Plant permissives and interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Plant trends
  • Protection systems
  • Fire protection
  • Standby plant
  • Power plant thermal performance and controllable losses

Gas turbine plant configuration and operations

  • Gas turbine principles
  • Gas turbines
  • Fuel sources
  • Turning gear and starter systems
  • Spin modes
  • Fire suppression systems
  • Air intake, air bleed, cooling and drainage systems
  • Compressor water wash systems

Gas turbine operations and control

  • Control systems
  • Protection systems
  • Operating parameters
  • Operating procedures

Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) plant configuration and operations

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Diverters
  • Heating elements

Gas turbine operations and control

  • Control systems
  • Protection systems
  • Fire protection
  • Operating parameters
  • Operating procedures


  • Cogeneration plants in Australia

Understanding the electricity network

  • Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
  • Electricity spot market
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Remote systems

Plant maintenance components

  • Maintenance options – essential maintenance vs deferred maintenance
  • Condition monitoring
  • Typical operational issues
  • Plant history and engineering solutions
  • Maintenance priorities Vs load dispatch

Renewable sources of alternative power generation

  • Physical aspects of hydro, wind, solar, geothermal etc.
  • How renewable options integrate with conventional power generation
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Environmental licencing and controls


  • Competent, safe and reliable operation of plant
  • Plant efficiency
  • Abnormal plant and process conditions
  • Fault finding and troubleshooting
  • Sequences
  • Operating procedures
  • Isolations
  • Permit to work

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