The Salto Grande Hydroelectric Complex, situated in the middle of the area called Ayuí, upstream from cities of Concordia in Argentina and Salto in Uruguay
The Woodhouse Partnership Ltd (TWPL) and its Latin American partners Levin Global, have been awarded a contract to deliver an asset management ISO 55001 assessment and prioritised roadmap, for Salto Grande’s hydro generation and transmission power businesses across Argentina and Brazil.
Salto Grande is a bi-national organisation created by the Argentine Republic and the Eastern Republic of Uruguay. They produce and supply electricity through the use of the Uruguay River and effectively manage the Salto Grande hydroelectric complex, whilst at the same time preserving the environment, contributing to the socioeconomic development and integration of Argentina and Uruguay
Gabriel Sardi, Gerente de Ingeniería y Planeamiento, Salto Grande commented: ‘We have a diverse asset portfolio, so choosing the right team who have a depth of asset management knowledge and decades of experience, to help us implement improvements across our hydro generation and transmission businesses, is key to the project’s success.’
The Salto Grande hydroelectric complex is situated in the middle of the area called Ayuí, upstream from the cities of Concordia in Argentina and Salto in Uruguay. It was built in an area of rapids and rocky slopes, in the middle of the Uruguay River, taking advantage of a natural slope called Salto Grande, for hydroelectric generation. The Uruguay River is one of the most important in Latin America, whose course is shared by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The river starts in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, in the Serra Geral, at the confluence of the Canoas and Pelotas rivers. It has an area of 1770 km and covers a total area of approximately 370,000 km2.
The project will involve conducting an asset management assessment and gap analysis against the requirements of ISO 55001:2014 and good asset management practices, a prioritised roadmap for closing the gaps, a business case of potential costs and benefits of the roadmap implementation. TWPL will deploy its assessment methodology to establish the current state of each site across Brazil and Argentina. This will provide Salto Grande with the insight it requires to develop its asset management maturity and close any gaps.
TWPL’s assessment and gap closure approach is wholly aligned to The Institute of Asset Management’s methodology, which uniquely incorporates a structured identification of potential business improvement opportunities, which will go beyond the ISO 55001 level of good practice.
José Duran TWPL’s Director of Operations in Latin America commented: ‘We are delighted to be working alongside our Latin American partners Levin Global, to help and support Salto Grande towards asset management excellence. We will be using the ISO 55000 asset management standard, which has proved to be an effective catalyst for organisations, to consider their capabilities in the whole life cycle management of risk, value and cross-disciplinary performance.’
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