Power Market

Oil & Natural Gas

Power Market

oil & natural gas

Utility-Scale Plant & Distributed Generation Facility Performance Testing

Plant & Facility (Contractual Acceptance or Routine)

Open/Simple Cycle Gas Turbine • Brayton Cycle • Rankine Cycle • Combined Cycle Gas Turbine • Steam Generators • Broiler Retrofit • Distributed Power • Fuel Cell

Additional Tests


  • Power Output
  • Heat Rate
  • Capacity
  • Efficiency
  • Exhaust Energy
  • Exhaust Temperature
  • Exhaust Flow
  • Fuel to-Electrical Energy Conversion Efficiency
  • Thermal Effectiveness
  • Capacity
  • Reliability
  • Availability
  • Black Start
  • Ramp Rate
  • Noise Tests
  • Water/Steam Consumption
  • Capability Tests
  • Auxiliary Systems Load
  • On-Site Chromatograph Fuel Analysis
Component Testing


  • Fired Equipment
  • Frame Gas Turbine
  • Aero Derivative Gas Turbine
  • Industrial Gas Turbines
  • Microturbines
  • Fuel Cells
  • Duct Burner
  • Boiler/Steam Generator
  • Reciprocating Engines
Combined Conversion Equipment


  • Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG)
  • Steam Turbine
  • Duct Burner
Auxiliary Equipment


  • Condenser
  • Cooling Tower
  • Air Cooled Condenser
  • Circulation Pump
  • Feedwater Pump
  • Inlet Conditioning (Chiller, Fogger, Evaporative Cooler, Heater)
Technical Advisor

McHale has technical advisors that are experienced in serving as “owner’s engineers” that identify, quantify, and mitigate risks associated with plant performance for our clients. We have assisted project owners, financial institutions, and legal counsel with advising/consulting services and performance audits. McHale Advisors understand the importance of reviewing proposed designs, developing strong contractual language, construction monitoring, and witnessing key tests to ensure performance guarantees are achieved with confidence to ensure the success of a project.

Test Code Specialists

McHale is recognized throughout the power generation market as a specialized engineering group that provides superior testing and plant performance improvement services. McHale is actively involved and versed in the ASME Test codes and has extensive experience conducting tests utilizing international test codes and standards:

  • ASME PTC 46 – Overall Plant Performance
  • ASME PTC 22 – Gas Turbines
  • ISO 2314 – Gas Turbines – Acceptance Test
  • DIN 4341 – Gas Turbines – Acceptance Test
  • BS 3135 – Specification for gas turbine acceptance test
  • ASME PTC 51 – Gas Turbine Inlet Conditioning
  • ASME PTC 6.2 – Steam Turbines in Combined Cycle
  • DIN-1943 – Thermal acceptance tests of steam turbines
  • BN EN 60953 – Rules for steam turbine thermal acceptance tests
  • DIN 1942 – Acceptance Test Code for Steam Generators
  • ASME PTC 4 – Fired Steam Generators
  • ASME PTC 4.4 – Gas Turbine Heat Recovery Steam Generators
  • ASME PTC 19.1 – Test Uncertainty
  • ASME PTC 19.22 – Data Acquisition Systems
  • ASME PTC 19.5 – Flow Measurement
  • ASME PTC 12.2 Steam Surface Condenser
  • ASME PTC 36 Measurement of Industrial Sound
  • SSME PTC 50 – Fuel Cell Power Systems Performance
  • CTI ATC-105 – Acceptance Test Code for Water Cooling Tower
  • CTI ATC-140 – Isokinetic Drift Test Code
  • CTI ATC-150 – Acceptance Test Procedure for Wet Dry Plume Abatement Cooling Towers

We are experienced in how to properly apply these codes and other international standards to successfully demonstrate contractual acceptance with the level of confidence for lenders, owners, OEM’s and EPC’s demand.

Qualified & Impartial Test Personnel

McHale has worked with various EPC contractors, plant owners, and manufacturers throughout the power industry. The McHale team is known for quick response time, expertise in plant and component issues, and accurate results.

Code Compliant & Calibrated Test Equipment

McHale has a complement of test equipment designed to augment the standard built-in natural gas power plant or facility instrumentation to improve the uncertainty of performance testing necessary to meet the desired confidence for contractual acceptance and provision of information for long-term financial projections of the assets.

  • Pressure and Differential Pressure Transmitters
  • Ambient Temperature, Humidity, and Wind Sensors
  • Three-Phase Revenue Quality Power Meters
  • Three-Phase Power Quality Monitors
  • Exhaust Gas, Steam, and High Temperature
  • Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flow Meters
  • Clamp-on Temperature Sensors
  • Infrared Temperature Imaging
  • Mobile Data Loggers
  • Type S, 3-Hole, and 5-Hole Probe Pitot Tubes
Natural Gas Measurement Solutions

McHale has a complement of metrology services to support the collection and analysis of Natural Gas Fuels

  • On-Site Natural Gas Chromatography Analysis
  • Laboratory Natural Gas Chromatography Analysis
    • Composition of Natural Gas by Gas Chromatography – ASTM D 1945
    • Calorific Value and Specific Gravity of Gaseous Fuels – ASTM D 3588
    • Specific Gravity at 60oF and 1 atmosphere – ASTM D 3588
    • Molecular Weight & Density – Calculated
  • Centerline Gas Sampling Probes
  • Natural Gas Spot Sample Collection Bottles