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TECHNICAL BULLETIN

NIC 15.26 Rev.00


August 19, 2015

Steam Turbines Guidelines for On-Site Validation of the


Overspeed Protection System
Abstract

The purpose of this technical bulletin is to inform Customers of the introduction of an additional procedure
required to validate the overspeed protection system of GE Oil & Gas Steam Turbines. The application of
these instructions is mandatory to mitigate the risk of critical events that could occur during the on-site
validation of the overspeed protection system.

Serviceable Units

All GE Oil & Gas Steam Turbines.


Compliance Category
M - Maintenance

Identifies maintenance guidelines or best practices for reliable equipment operation.

C - Compliance Required

Identifies the need for action to correct a condition that, if left uncorrected, may result in
reduced equipment reliability or efficiency. Compliance may be required within a
specific operating time.

A - Alert

Failure to comply with the Service Bulletin could result in equipment or facility damage.
Compliance is mandatory within a specific operating time.

S Safety

Failure to comply with this Service Bulletin could result in personal injury. Compliance is
mandated within a specific operating time.

Timing Code
1 Prior to Unit Startup / Prior to Continued Operation
2 At First Opportunity / Next Shutdown
3 Prior to Operation of Affected System
4 At First Exposure of Component
5 At Scheduled Component Part Repair or Replacement
6 Next Scheduled Outage
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of any type, including but not limited to direct, consequential or special damages that may be alleged to have occurred as a result of applying
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TECHNICAL BULLETIN

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August 19, 2015
Background

On December 2014 during the first solo run test at site on a steam turbine, an uncontrolled acceleration
occurred, which caused the maximum speed threshold (110% of rated value) to be exceeded. When the unit
was manually stopped by the Operator, the turbine shaft was already over 140% of the rated speed; this
critical overshoot caused associated mechanical damage to the unit.
The investigations highlighted two main causes for this failure:
- Incorrectly configured protection system that inhibited additional diagnostic safeguards needed during
the overspeed test
- Improper execution of the overspeed test due to an outdated or incomplete test procedure.
To address this occurrence, GE Oil & Gas has issued the RIC8990272 documentation, which describes the
guidelines that must be followed during commissioning and after any major maintenance on the shaft
line when it is required to perform the overspeed protection system validation in conjunction with the
equipment installed on the unit.

Recommendations

For all steam turbines, GE Oil & Gas strictly recommends applying the guidelines specified in RIC8990272
during commissioning activities or after any major maintenance on the shaft line to mitigate the potential
risk of uncontrolled acceleration due to the incorrect configuration/testing of the overspeed protection
system.
Furthermore, for units in operation GE Oil & Gas recommends that Users verify at the first opportunity that
the overspeed system configuration parameters (e.g., speed input, acceleration and start logic) are
compliant with the specifications described in RIC8990272.
For any issues related to the normal parameter settings or if any clarifications are required, GE Oil & Gas
recommends that Customers contact the local GE Service Manager or Contract Performance Manager to
verify the proper specifications to be applied for the unit.

Planning Information
Manpower skills
The validation described in the RIC8990272 has to be performed by personnel qualified by GE.
Parts
N/A
Special Tooling
N/A
Reference Documents
RIC8990272 Steam Turbine Overspeed Test
Scope of work
The activity consists of the configuration and the test of the existing monitoring system according to the
guidelines specified in the RIC8990272. The validation has to be performed by personnel qualified by GE.
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Contacts

For units under warranty or covered under a Contractual Service Agreement (CSA) please refer to your GE Oil
& Gas Project Manager.
For technical questions or application and commercial requests please contact:
GE Oil & Gas
Customer Service Center
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Expense Policy

The recommendations contained in this Technical Bulletin are for information only. Unless otherwise
indicated in a Contractual Service Agreement (CSA) in force between the parties, a specific Purchase Order
must be agreed and all costs associated with the implementation of the recommendations shall be paid by
the Customer.

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