Fundamental to the financial feasibility of any project is uptime. More uptime (run time) means more revenue or savings. The Impact of climate and seasonality, feedstock consistency and conditions, and ease of operation and maintenance have significant impacts on uptime and cannot be overstated.
One of the key to project success and high uptime is careful and professional project management from the start to the end of the project life. Key stakeholders must have vested interest to see the project through from end to end. The project manager must have sufficient management skills to ensure that the technology is working and that the commercial and financial aspects of the project are also executed in a timely and contractual fashion. Unsurprisingly, projects seldom fail due to technology. Projects fails even with the best technologies, if proper project planning, execution and management are not in place.
Lastly, it is very critical to ensure the equipment suppliers and their service teams are engaged in the routine maintenance and protection of the operational assets. Proper preventative maintenance by certified technicians and service engineers are extremely critical to project success. Using third party service teams maybe have significant negative impact on product warranty and performance guarantee leading to unwanted downtime and loss of revenue.