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Korea Western Power Discusses Technological Cooperation with U.S. EPRI
Planning to Develop Global Preventive Maintenance Platform
Korea Western Power Discusses Technological Cooperation with U.S. EPRI
  • By Michael Herh
  • July 18, 2019, 10:41
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Kim Byung-sook (fifth from left), president of Korea Western Power Co., and officials of the U.S. EPRI pose for a commemorative photo shoot after discussing technological cooperation at the power company’s main office in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, on July 16.

Korea Western Power Co. and the U.S. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) discussed ways to promote cooperation between the two organizations at the former’s main office in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, on July 16.

EPRI is a nonprofit research consortium founded in 1913 to develop technology in the power industry. It has some 1,000 energy-related companies in 40 countries around the world as its members.

The two organizations held a technology innovation conference on power generation and agreed to expand cooperation in developing technology for power plants, including highly advanced combined cycle power plants.

Korea Western Power and EPRI have developed the Western Power Preventive Maintenance Model (WP-PM), a scientific preventive maintenance management model for Korea Western Power, by combining their know-how and technology. In 2016, the two signed a memorandum of understanding on technology cooperation in two areas -- gas turbine maintenance technology and preventive maintenance management.

Korea Western Power plans to develop the Global Preventive Maintenance Platform (Global-PM), a global version of WP-PM, in cooperation with EPRI and leading U.S. power generation companies.