Caribbean Utilities Company hosted more than 60 representatives from electricity utilities and power industries from around the world at the annual MAN User’s Group Conference, known as MUG, at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.
It was the second time CUC has hosted the conference since the group was formed in 2002.
The MAN Users Group is a forum of independent member power plants and power industry representatives formed for the exchange of technical information and proactive resolution of generic issues relating to the operation, testing and maintenance of MAN Model 48/60 and 32/40 diesel generating units.
Representatives from German manufacturer MAN Diesel AG, makers of the diesel generating units, were on hand to present new research and development technologies and to offer solutions to improve the safety, performance and efficiency of existing and future power plants.
This year’s MUG conference discussions focused on review of recent technical issues related to MAN diesel engine and generator power plants and the measures taken to resolve those issues. In addition, the MUG members offered recommendations to improve power plant maintenance practices. MUG members also completed a tour of the latest model newer MAN diesel generators at the CUC North Sound Station.
“The meeting was very productive. There was extensive sharing of detailed technical information among the MUG members which we believe will improve overall plant performance and reliability. It also provided delegates with the opportunity to continue to foster more open relations between the plant personnel and the engine manufacturer,” said Art Killinger, project manager, MAN Users Group.
Commenting on the conference, CUC’s Vice President of Operations David Watler said, “CUC was honoured to host this global users group and showcase CUC’s latest 40 MW power plant, one of the most efficient of its kind in the world. At this year’s conference, we had very informative discussions on improving safety, reliability, efficiency and optimizing the use of natural gas and renewable energy with our existing power plants.”
CUC has seven MAN 48/60 diesel generating units representing 70 percent of CUC’s total generating capacity at its North Sound Road Power Plant with the two newest 40 MW units being commissioned in June this year.