Capabilities and Services

Offering a full range of power project technical support services. 

Hyperion Power Services can work with a client to define their needs during the development phase of a power project, we can assist the client with all aspects of engineering, procurement, and construction when it comes time to execute the project, and we can help the client sustain profitability of the project once it is built.

All Capabilities and Services:

Strategic Assessments

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HPS performs strategic assessments, strategic impact analyses, project risk assessments, and business strategy design. This service is primarily for major developers, investors, banks, and utilities who are considering investing in power plant projects. Questions such as “Is the proposed project economically feasible?”, “What size should the plant be?”, “What is the best way to finance it?”, “How difficult will the permitting process be?”, “Which manufacturer’s equipment to purchase?” etc., can all be answered.

Owner’s Engineer Services

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Success or failure of a major project depends to a large extent on how well it is planned at the outset. HPS performs the required up front analyses to determine the optimum location of the proposed plant (anticipated energy demand, energy tariffs, availability of supporting infrastructure (such as fuel supply, water supply, wastewater disposal, and electrical transmission), closeness to transportation routes, local labor availability, construction company availability, etc. We also assist in determining which mode of execution of the project makes the most sense for each client (Engineer/Procure/Construct (EPC), consortium, etc.).

Also of vital importance is the selection and integration of the OEMs for major plant thermal equipment including prime movers (gas turbines, steam turbines, diesel gen sets, etc.), steam generators (conventional boilers, heat recovery steam generators, auxiliary boilers, etc.) and other major plant equipment (steam condensing and heat rejection systems). HPS performs analyses and makes recommendations to ensure an efficient and fully integrated thermal power plant design.

Forensic Engineering Studies Including Expert Witness Services

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When a major failure of power equipment occurs, the owners and/or insurance companies want to quickly assess the situation and determine the root cause for the failure. Based on our extensive power plant design, operation, and OEM experience, HPS performs forensic analyses to establish the cause of failure of components and recommend remedial action to prevent future failures.

Subsynchronous Resonance (SSR) Mitigation

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HPS has the expertise to study and evaluate the stability of power grids, identify the presence of SSR, and design grid-installed mitigation systems. HPS is able to establish and quantify the risk of SSR failure for each generating plant connected to the grid. Additional plant installed SSR unique filters are offered by HPS specifically customized for each generating Unit. By doing so, our customers need not be concerned about catastrophic failures of their gas and/or steam turbines. This can be accomplished at a small fraction of the cost of a potential failure.

Life Time Extension (LTE) Consultation

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HPS is very qualified to review the LTE offers by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), analyzing their offers, and recommending which to adopt and which to exclude. This service can potentially save our customers a considerable amount of money from their operating budget. 

Power Plant Improvement, Betterment, and Evaluation Services (includes Power Island and BOP Engineering, and Cycle Analysis)

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HPS has managed and directed the detailed design of a great number of successful conventional steam plants, simple and combined cycle gas turbine plants, cogeneration plants, and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plants. We can offer this experience to ensure timely and accurate delivery of design documentation that protects the overall project schedule and the owner’s interests. We also perform assessments of proposed upgrades to plant equipment and the expected impact on plant performance and efficiency.

Feasibility and Advisory Studies

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HPS has significant international experience and can assist USA developers and investors of proposed power plants who are interested in opportunities overseas but need assistance in expanding internationally. We can provide valuable advice related to the risks (financial and geopolitical) and benefits of overseas investments in power projects. In addition, we can offer guidance to international developers who do not have experience in the North American markets but would like to establish a presence.

Project Management and Project Engineering Management Services

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HPS has proven experience directing/overseeing complete power projects as well as providing engineering services and managing the associated short-term task. Our team will integrate within your organization to provide engineering services and assume a leadership role when requested during any phase of your project.

Up Front Engineering Coordination

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The task of coordinating numerous entities to do up front engineering can be daunting. HPS has significant experience in doing this and can be a valuable asset to owners. Identifying “scope gaps” where no one assumes responsibility thereby it falls in the owner’s lap, is a valuable service HPS offers.

Plant Construction and Commissioning Support

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HPS supplies engineers with many years of power plant engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and testing experience to monitor these activities. With “boots on the ground” we assess engineering, procurement, and construction progress, monitor construction safety, monitor construction schedule, ensure adherence to contract requirements, monitor plant start-up and performance tests, and provide approval of workarounds and change orders when things do not go according to plan.

Plant Condition Assessment Audits and Recommendations

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There is a plethora of aging and inefficient power projects that are costly to operate and maintain in the USA and around the globe. Very little capacity was added due to the worldwide economic slowdown. Now that the economy is improving, and the demand for energy is increasing, plant owners are interested in improving the reliability, availability, and maintainability of their existing power generation assets. HPS will help them in the decision process by recommending remedial actions as required. This results in improved profitability. Recommendations include measures for equipment upgrades or retirement and replacement with new technology.

Operating Plant Maintenance Contract Negotiation Support

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HPS staff has extensive experience in the long-term maintenance of power plants and can provide support to our customers in developing bid specifications, evaluation of the proposals and the final contract negotiations to be certain our customers receive the highest quality services to reduce the risk of plant operations. The types of contracts include full scope Operations & Maintenance contracts, Long Term Service Agreements, turnkey individual outage contracts, and typical OEM Field Services.

Operating Plant Maintenance Implementation

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For customers who have already established their outage contracts, HPS can provide Field Project Managers to assist in the pre-job phase with such scopes as Contract Reviews, Coordination Planning, Parts Management Control, Quality Assurance and Safety Programs, and Readiness Reviews for all parties including the customer’s own personnel who will be involved in the outage. In addition, HPS can also provide an on-site Field Project Manager to manage the implementation of the outage and final closeout of the outage documents and contractual obligations of the contractors.

Technical Field Services

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HPS has highly trained and experienced hands-on technical field service engineers with both domestic and international experience in specific areas such as commissioning, controls, inspections and repairs of various OEM gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, and heat recovery steam generators. This team is available for standard outage work, as well as forced outage situations, and are supported by the home office team of design and service engineers.

Contract and Negotiation Support

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HPS can offer the services of our colleagues with considerable experience and expertise in drafting contracts to protect their interests, interpreting contracts, and identifying risks, and making recommendations for the benefit of our customers. With our extensive knowledge of the power industry’s original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), we can provide valuable strategic support when negotiating procurement contracts with OEMs.

Project Health Checks

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The HPS team has extensive experience with capital construction project management and in conjunction with our partner companies has the ability to assess project data and provide owners with an independent third-party verification of a project’s progress, performance, and schedule. We can also provide independent cost-to-complete analyses and an evaluation of your project team’s organizational effectiveness. These services are invaluable in ensuring that the project is completed on-time and within budget.

Claim and Change Order Reviews

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Almost all projects must deal with claims and change orders at some point in the project’s life. HPS personnel have the experience necessary to provide an independent validation and verification of claims and change orders as well as a fair price check estimate for the changes.

Project Control Services

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Utilizing the proprietary software of a partner company, HPS has access to innovative project tracking and control tools that can be used to successfully manage projects to completion. These tools can be used to data mine contractor’s databases to validate progress payments, schedules, and cost forecasts. HPS through its partners are proficient in the latest project management tools and standard industry software.

Acoustics and Noise Control Services

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The HPS team has colleagues with many years of specialized experience in developing the design of power plants to meet stringent acoustic requirements and performing tests to ensure compliance with contractual and governmental requirements.  Specialized tests and analyses can also be performed to determine which systems and/or equipment exceed acoustical requirements for operating plants and make recommendations for remedial action.

Emissions and Acoustics Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning

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Compliance with environmental requirements is mandated to plant owners and operators. HPS specialists can perform risk assessments and recommend contingency planning to properly design or retrofit the plant to keep it operating within the requirements.

Emissions Testing and Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems

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HPS and our strategic partner offer a full range of air emissions testing following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency performance testing procedures, plus turnkey installation of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) using state-of-the-art equipment. Where CEMS is not required, we also offer continuous predictive and/or parametric monitoring systems used to demonstrate compliance with air emission source regulatory requirements.

Power Plant Modeling and Simulation

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HPS, through its parent company HSE Ltd., offers power plant control system modeling as well as operator training simulators (OTS). Power plant operators need to train for their work and HSE’s OTS services provide a cost effective, safe, and efficient means to achieve that training. Process modeling allows owners to verify control philosophy, check and develop start-up/shutdown procedures, examine safety scenarios, and identify commissioning difficulties all of which has the potential to enhance the overall project schedule.

Permitting Process Support

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Obtaining the required permits and dealing with the authorities can, and usually is, challenging for domestic projects. This task for overseas projects is greatly complicated and very few people have experience in the international permitting process. HPS does have this expertise and resources that we make available to our customers.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Capabilities 

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HPS offers this specialized service using highly experienced personnel from project development to construction management, and through operation and maintenance.

Renewable Power Consultation

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Wind and solar energy is the future of economic power generation. Our team of specialized engineers have been dedicated to all aspects of power projects since the 1970s. Our resource capabilities will provide your project with the talent and expertise for a successful installation, operation, and maintenance of solar and wind turbines projects. HPS familiarity with the various aspects of ISO/RTO, utility, environmental concerns, interconnect facilities, safety regulations, construction management, commissioning and developer interconnection requirements provides a strong platform to act as the Owner’s Engineer function.