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CEA BG13 Safe Operation of Electrically Powered Steam Boilers


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Guidance on Safe Operation of Electrically Powered Steam Boilers (Ref: BG13) is a document intended to assist the designers, managers, operators, maintenance personnel and Competent Persons (CP) of new and existing steam boiler systems in addressing the following issues:

  • Consideration of all the necessary design and installation aspects relating to an electrically powered steam boiler installation;
  • The safe and efficient use and operation of the boiler installation;
  • Determining adequate supervision and maintenance requirements (levels and competence) that are consistent with the installed plant and its location;
  • Reducing the likelihood of other dangers from events such as: o
  •  Loss of feed water or low water level;
  • Over-pressure;
  • Overheating;
  • Electrical safety issues;
  • The effects of Hydrogen gas possibly arising during operation;

• Using efficient boiler operation to avoid excessive pressure or thermal cycles and load swings which can accelerate boiler fatigue or failure;

• Having proper treatment and monitoring of the feed water, boiler water, and condensate to:

  • minimise corrosion and scale of the vessel and electrical elements or electrodes;
  • treat the boiler water in order to protect the steam distribution system as well as the boiler shell and components; and
  • avoid carry-over of water with the steam which in turn can cause waterhammer and other issues;

• Compliance with the various legal requirements, in particular that for periodic examination by a Competent Person (CP) in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination (WSE).

BG13 Safe Operation of Electrically Powered Steam Boilers

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