Follow-up during the operations and maintenance phase is essential for checking compliance with technical and environmental and social obligations and for providing valuable information with respect to the quality of the plant, installed equipment, and effectiveness of the planned preventative maintenance regime.
The Programme’s follow-up should not end with the commissioning of a project. Continued follow up is important for ensuring continued compliance with technical requirements and environmental and social regulations and standards, including the resolution of key issues highlighted in the COD Report. During several post-COD follow-up visits in Uganda, issues previously identified as requiring attention have not always been addressed, and developers’ attentions have been seemingly quickly diverted to other issues as soon as the initial COD subsidy payment has been received. Post-COD followup is therefore essential for checking compliance, such as checking the correct operation and recording of minimum flow arrangements, which has been a repeated non-compliance on several GET FiT projects post-COD.
Developers are also generally required to follow a programme of planned preventative maintenance, to prolong the serviceable life of key components and the Project, and to keep records of maintenance works and report on the cause of each outage, whether for internal or external reasons, and planned or unplanned.
Developers are required to provide a summary of these records as well as generation and line outage records at the time of applying for an annual subsidy payment, which allows for an assessment of the quality of plant and installed equipment, as well as the effectiveness of the planned preventative maintenance regime.