ZULFADHLY Zardi, head of TNBR QATS’ scientific services unit, is particularly proud of his laboratory.
“Currently, we own the country’s largest and most well-equipped oil and fuel lab, and we are able to analyse various kinds of oil samples, especially transformer oil,” he said.
“Even a leading company in the oil and gas industry sends its transformer oil samples to us for testing,” he said at the conclusion of a two-day seminar where TNBR QATS shared its range of expertise with players in the energy sector, including independent power producers.
The majority of the tests conducted in both labs under this unit are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited.
“Our well-qualified and experienced engineers, chemists and testers are able to test the samples according to a wide range of national and international standards,” Zulfadhly said.
The technical services unit offers two niche services: Plant Inspection Services (PINS) and the Forensic Engineering Group (FEG). Both play a vital role in the power generation sector.
“With over 20 years of experience in plant condition assessment, the PINS Group is one of the most experienced power plant condition assessment inspection teams in Malaysia.
“Our range of services includes condition assessment of boiler components, piping condition assessments and non-destructive inspection services for gas turbines, steam turbines and boiler components,” said PINS manager Norlia Berahim.
The strength of PINS is also boosted by cooperation with the Korean Laboratory Engineeering System (KLES) and Korea South-East Power Company (KOEN).
Founded in January 2004, KLES is a company specialising in power generation equipment that provides a range of solutions to the energy industry such as for thermal, nuclear and wind power generation.
KLES is actively involved in research and development efforts as it strives to continuously increase export with the creation of Malaysian subsidiary KLES Jaya Sdn Bhd last July.
This followed the signing of a MoU with TNBR in 2010 and another MoU with TNBR QATS in 2014.
TNBR QATS is also competent in providing services to determine the exact causes of failure in power plants, as well as those in transmission and distribution networks.
“By hiring us, you do not just get mechanical engineers. Our entire team is backed up by chemical, electrical and materials science, as well as other specialists to provide a comprehensive assessment on what could have gone wrong.
“Think Crime Scene Investigation for the energy sector,” said Norul Rafiq Namas Khan (pic), the section head of FEG.
According to Malathy Balakrishnan, general manager for TNBR QATS, it is time for the company to be more proactive in advertising its capabilities to the world.
“For far too long, outsiders thought that we provided services only to TNB-related companies.
“But the fact is that we are more than ready to provide services to any interested party, both within and out of Malaysia,” she said.
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