About The Course

This course covers the less obvious but no less essential sections of a coal fired power station plant and equipment.

Firstly, Fuel handling and storage including stocking out and reclaim of coal into the power station and the safe handling and operation of systems.

What about waste products? Also covered is an overview of ash and dust handling systems along with environmental considerations.

Highly essential to the safe and efficient operation of the plant is the provision of the correct quality of water for the boilers and station. This is explained in a section covering the water cycle, various impurities and the processes employed in the production of the high quality water required. Also discussed are the differing problems encountered on plant due to the effects of impurities.

The overall efficiency of power plant is highly influenced by the type of system installed to condense steam at the turbine low pressure exhaust. The course will compare the various cooling water or air systems in use.

Fixed and portable fire protection systems are explored along with the provision of compressed air and gases used on the power station along with their storage.

Lubrication is highly important to the wellbeing and continual operation of plant.

Finally the provision of station electrical supplies, along with back up supplies and station black start capability are covered.

Learning Outcomes

This course would ideally suit professionals just starting their career in the power industry as well as staff considering the design of new plant and the options available. Would also suit junior operations staff with the willingness to learn more about the design and operation of the general services plant of the power station PROFFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Course Faculty - Brian Matkin

Brian has considerable experience with coal fired plant up to 350MW and all Auxiliary Power Station Plant. As a Shift Charge Engineer, besides being responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Units he was responsible for training Unit Operators to become Technician Engineers. In this new role the staff became responsible for the Permit System, HV Switching & Emergency Procedures.

Brian’s Industry career achievements

Eon/Powergen TXu Drakelow Power Station Drakelow Power station was a coal fired Power Station operating

2 x 350 MW Assisted Circulation Boiler/Units and 1 x 350 MW Supercritical Pressure Once through Boiler/Unit

  • During unit outage joined Mechanical Maintenance where he was responsible for the Condenser/Feed Range repairs & Budget.

Eastern Electricity Drakelow Power Station

  • Responsible for the introduction of computer based refresher training for PF Codes of Practice including liaison with outside agencies.
  • In charge of Operations staff rotas and training of operators on the supercritical unit.
  • Being responsible for the mill ball budget, saved costs by utilising high chrome second hand mill balls rather than new cast steel ones.

CEGB Drakelow Power Station

  • Responsible for investigation into the total compressed air supply to the station and the replacement of the reciprocating compressors with up to date screw type compressors along with associated oil separating and drying equipment.

After the closure of Drakelow, Brian went on to become involved in providing Operations training at various locations including Operations simulator training on a 500MW unit simulator (Coal Fired). He was also part of a team to develop operations training for Flue Gas De-Sulphurisation Plant (Limestone/Gypsum Process). In addition he has carried out auditing of Safety Rules and associated documentation.


  • 5MWp Italy – Module claim – 100% Electroluminescence – micro cracks
  • 40MWp Israel – 100% Infrared – Hot Spot analysis, soiling
  • 4 MWp Germany – Technical Design – roof top, shading analysis
  • 64 MWp Bulgaria – Module claim – Potential Induced Degradation analysis
  • 130 MWp Chile – Technical design c-Si fixed tilted – desert area
  • 9 MWp India – Technical design (c-Si fixed tilted and tracking, thin film fixed tilted)
  • 140 MWp Philippines – Design review
This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan