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Australian Gas Turbines Conference

Gas Turbines Conference is designed to be a platform for discussion on the latest technologies & developments in gas power generation

29-30 November 2017 | Bayview Eden Melbourne

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GTUF Welcome Reception: 5-6.30pm, 28 November 2017


The 18th Annual Australian Gas Turbines Conference returns to Melbourne in November 2017.

The event forms Australia’s best known gas turbine industry meeting place; where operators, industry experts and technology providers share and exchange best practice in maintaining and operating gas turbines during this two-day conference and exhibition.

The event is supported by GTUF – the Gas Turbine Users Forum. All conference attendees, sponsors and exhibitors are invited to join the GTUF Members Welcome Reception to be hosted on the 28th November in the exhibition hall.

Gas turbine user case studies form a crucial and popular feature of the conference program.

This is your opportunity to meet with your industry peers, learn from industry case studies and join the popular event networking opportunities – including two drinks receptions and an official conference dinner.

What can you expect?
This year’s Conference will include presentations from Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Singapore, discussing the following topics:

  • Reducing turbine life cycle maintenance costs for GE Frame End Users
  • Benefits & Best Practices for Gas Turbine and Centrifugal Compressor Cleaning
  • Managing a Successful Insurance Recovery
  • What you need to know about the new filter classification ISO 16890
  • New approach to Turbine Combustor Flame Sensors
  • Examining repairs for enhancing component life
  • Gas turbine maintenance strategy




8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr Maxine Watson, Partner, MorrisWatson

9:10 am

Speed networking - Get to know your peers right from the start with this informal speed networking session.

9:20 am

  • From Mid 2018 ISO 16890 replaces EN779 and ASHRE Norm
  • Understand ISO 16890, how it works and what advantages it has
  • Learn how the old norms translate into the new one
  • How to change your specifications to the new ISO 16890 when tendering for filters

10:50 am

Refreshment break

11:20 am

  • Mark V controller, released in 1991 and has accumulated well over 200 million operating hours in a variety of applications with a good record for safety and reliability.
  • Earlier this year a unit suffered damage to its bearings after a loss of lube oil at high load so what went wrong?
  • This case study examines in detail how voting and other processor functions were compromised. Including signals recorded to have changed state simultaneously, indicating that operator action was unlikely

12:00 pm

  • What does your policy cover? Machinery breakdown and business interruption cover explained
  • What does your policy exclude? The trips and traps of the exclusion clauses
  • What caused the breakdown? The importance of the expert engineer and the root cause analysis
  • Repair or Replace? A critical decision at a critical time.
  • Friend or Foe? The role of the broker and the loss adjuster
  • How is the claim quantified? The need for independent analysis and advice
  • Negotiation or Litigation? The quickest route to getting the cheque

12:40 pm


1:50 pm

  • Predicting significant life extension for hot gas path components in an Alstom GT 26 gas turbine.
  • Understanding of gas turbine design, analysis and material damage kinetics.
  • Justification for extending inspection intervals using a more comprehensive creep damage tool to enhance the OEMs standard ‘Equivalent Operating Hour’ degradation model.

2:30 pm

  • Extended running hours LM2500 & 6000
  • Cost reduction opportunities Engine repair vs Engine MOH
  • Service Bulletin review
  • Depot Highlights 2016
  • LPT Logistics

3:00 pm

  • Site specific requirements to reduce turbine life cycle maintenance costs for GE Frame End Users and improve performance, availability, reliability and efficiency.
  • Real time access to MJBI’s substantial inventory of gas turbine rotors, capital parts and accessories available for immediate purchase or exchange.
  • The concepts, options are presented in a Case Study outlining benefits to end users

3:40 pm

Refreshment break

4:40 pm

  • Case studies from Quest Integrity’s archives of bits falling off (or into) gas turbines.
  • Real life examples of damage mechanisms experienced by normal everyday turbine owners and operators.
  • What happened, why did it happen, and how was it fixed?

5:10 pm

Q&A Session

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:30 pm

Networking drinks in the exhibition space

7:00 pm

Official Conference Dinner

8:30 am

Morning coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr Maxine Watson, Partner, MorrisWatson

9:10 am

  • Knowing your plant … Avion staffing structure …. Strategy
  • Ensuring “Quality” and “Fit for purpose” of equipment
  • Default LM6000 Installation V Avion specific fine tuning
  • Ongoing support (MSA with MTU)
  • Avion Trading and Marketing overview

9:50 am

  • Introduction
  • Effective decision making in Gas Turbine Operation & Maintenance
  • Time based maintenance vs. condition based maintenance
  • Benefits of condition based maintenance
  • Concerns around condition based maintenance
  • How to overcome these concerns to enjoy the benefits?
  • Data driven predictive health monitoring
  • From raw data to automated analysis to professional interpretation
  • Professional feedback in the form of practical O&M recommendations & dashboards
  • Recommendations & dashboards enable effective decision making in GT O&M
  • Two case studies about successful service interval extensions on GE LM2500 engines
  • Summary

10:20 am

CASE STUDY | Presentation details to be announced

10:40 am

Refreshment break

11:10 am

  • Introduction & overview of the Origin Fleet;
  • Overview of our operational statistics for the last couple of years;
  • Engineering case studies: –
    – Condition based outage extension of Siemens E Class turbines;
    – Rotor-in-Major inspections of PG9001E gas turbines;
    – No barring starts for PG9001E gas turbine

11:50 am

  • Overcoming current Issues for Flame Detection
  • Direct connection to Turbine Control
  • Case Study: Field Testing Results
  • What this means for achieving low NOX emissions

12:20 pm

Outsourcing product specific process to specialist partners; using Predictive Asset Management and Modular Maintenance to reduce downtime

  • Determining when to replace your assets
  • How modular maintenance affects your downtime
  • Why is outsourcing the future?
  • Monitoring and prioritising your spare parts

12:40 pm


1:40 pm

One of the major deterioration challenges affecting the performance of gas turbine axial compressors and process centrifugal compressors is fouling. The accumulation and adhesion of dirt on the internal compressor surfaces contribute between 70 to 85% of gas turbine performance loss.  In the case of process centrifugal compressors operating in gas field operations, hydrocarbon and chemical processing industry a 15 to 30% drop in capacity not uncommon.

A strategy to mitigate these losses and restore all or part of the performance degradation is often based around compressor washing process.

The presentation sets out current best practice for compressor cleaning techniques based on field data and experience on a variety of the machinery across a wide range of operating environments.

Online cleaning techniques for both gas turbines and process centrifugal compressors are discussed in detail and provide a clear insight to obtain the best results. Offline washing of gas turbines is considered an essential maintenance activity, we discuss the various techniques to get the most from offline compressor cleaning.

2:20 pm

Presentation details to be announced

2:50 pm

Risk based assessment is a powerful tool in asset management.  In conjunction with other inspection and assessment techniques it can provide robust guidance as to the critical items in the operations and maintenance of gas turbines and associated balance of plant.  This presentation includes real-life example of risk-based approach used to assess:

  • Aeroderivative turbine packages used in power generation.
  • Heavy industrial gas turbines critical spares review.
  • Outage planning and deferral evaluation

3:20 pm

Q&A Session

3:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair and afternoon refreshments


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2995+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Gala Dinner (29.11.2017 @ 7pm) $140+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1895+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Gala Dinner (29.11.2017 @ 7pm) $140+GST

* SPECIAL GTUF MEMBER RATE : There is a special discounted conference rate for members of the Gas Turbines Users Forum (GTUF). To see if you qualify for the $1,895 + GST discounted rate please email the conference manager:

Supporting Partner

GTUF Members Welcome Reception

The event is supported by GTUF – the Gas Turbine Users Forum. All conference attendees, sponsors and exhibitors are invited to join the GTUF Members Welcome Reception to be hosted on the 28th November from 5.00PM-6.30PM in the exhibition hall.


Dr Maxine Watson

Partner, MorrisWatson

Michael Mueller

Managing Director, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies

Matthew Weston

Technical Mechanical Officer, Generation Business Unit, Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation trading as Synergy

Abel Rochwarger

Chief Engineer, Gas Turbine Controls Corporation - NY, USA

Justyn Jagger

Partner, Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Dr Kieran Chalk

Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd

Sebastian Moerl

Maintenance Services, MTU Australia

Nathan Griffiths

Sales Manager, MJB International

Wayne Buckland

Sales and Marketing, CTG Lubrication

James McAllister

Company Director, BioKem Oil Services

Dr Matt Smillie

Consultant Engineer, Quest Integrity Group

James Conrad Abarquez

Maintenance Planner & Scheduler, & John Chester Kim Brucal, Performance Engineer, First Gen Philippines

Jeroen van Veldhuizen

CEO & Co-founder, VBR Turbine Partners

Richard Elmes

Lead Turbine Engineer, Origin Energy

John Devine

General Manager, Fireye Inc. USA

Matthijs Koreman

Gas Turbine Sales & Marketing Manager, PM Control Australia

Martin Howarth

Managing Director, Rochem Technical Services Ltd

Stephen Rowbotham

Global Team Leader Condition Assessment, Quest Integrity Group

when & where

29 - 30 Nov 2017

Bayview Eden Melbourne
6 Queens Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Tel: (03) 9250 2222‎

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4313

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4030

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