COMPLETE PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS

SAMPLE LIST OF SPECIALIZED SERVICES

The McHale organization is able to quickly react in supporting a wide variety of projects and delivering value to our clients. McHale’s services extend to a global market with half of our projects being executed outside of the US. Our team is experienced in deploying rapidly around the world to support your project needs and provide value solutions. Our most requested services include:

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Power-Plant-or-Component

Power Plant or Component Contractual Acceptance Testing

Technical-Advisor

Technical Advisor

Owner’s-Performance

Owner's Performance Engineer

EPA-Emissions-Measurements

EPA Emissions Measurements and Testing and On-Site Mobile Lab Analysis

Instrument-Calibration

Instrument Calibration Services

CTI-Licensed-as-an

CTI Licensed as an Independent Testing Agency for Cooling Towers

Test-Instrument-Rental

Test Instrument Rental

Compliance-RATA

Compliance, RATA, Efficiency, Tuning and Guarantee Testing

FTIR

FTIR, Gas Chromatograph, and Emissions Reporting Tool (ERT) Services

Efficiency-Availability

Efficiency, Availability and Capacity Factor Improvement

Plant-and-System

Plant and System Modeling and Prediction

Applying-Performance

Applying Performance Test Methods to Alternative Fuels

Plant-Improvement

Plant Improvement and Upgrade Decision Analysis

Plant-or-Component

Plant or Component Analysis and Base Lining

Performance-Monitoring-Systems

Performance Monitoring Systems

AREAS

OF

FOCUS

McHale & Associate’s areas of focus are built upon many years of experience with the objective of providing the right solution for the real problem. Our team works closely with you, as a trusted advisor, to harness the total capacity and strength of your operation. We invite you to search through our various areas of expertise below or contact us directly to find out how we can help you achieve your goals and expand your portfolio of solutions.

Performance

TESTING

IMPROVEMENT

SOFTWARE

ADVISING

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  • CONTRACTUAL ACCEPTANCE
  • ROUTINE
  • COOLING TOWERS
  • CONSULTING
  • OPTIMIZATION
  • MONITORING
  • SOFTWARE
  • ENGINEERING
  • EXPERT WITNESS

McHale’s Performance Services team is a specialized engineering and consulting group recognized in the energy industry as the leader in providing independent third-party due diligence services in the areas of project execution strategies, risk mitigation, performance optimization, and project / technology validations through analysis and testing.

McHale’s Performance Services is experienced in testing the performance of virtually all major balance of plant components, such as:

• Combustion Turbine or Gas Turbine
• Generators
• Steam Turbine Generators
• Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)
• Fossil Fired Boilers
• (Coal, Natural Gas, Biomass, etc.)
• Recovery Boilers

• Waste-to-Energy Boilers
• Air Quality Control (AQC) Systems
• Selective Catalytic Reduction
• (SCR) Systems
• Selective Noncatalytic Reduction (SNCR)
• Systems
• Low NOx Burners
• Moisture Separators

McHale provides the tools plant personnel need to accurately assess plant performance and make the improvements to maintain a competitive edge in today’s competitive market, including staff training and turnkey services for the following performance improvement functions:
• Component Performance
• Plant Performance
• Thermo-economic Modeling
• Thermodynamic Modeling
• Plant Efficiency Audit
• Root Cause Analysis Studies

McHale is a corporate member of the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) and is licensed by CTI as an independent testing agency to perform acceptance and routine testing on cooling towers and related equipment. CTI licensor is held separately for thermal testing and drift emission testing.

Licensed Cooling Tower Testing Services include:
• Thermal ATC-105
• Thermal Certification STD-201
• Drift ATC-140
• Sound ATC-128
Non-Licensed Cooling Tower Testing Services include:
• Wet-Dry Plume Abatement
• Evaporative Condensers
• Air Cooled Condensers
• Water Flow Measurement

McHale’s principals and staff have provided power plant and energy facility performance services for over 50 years. Our knowledge background covers a variety of plant configurations and includes design and operational experience. As a result, we know firsthand the challenges faced in management, start-up, operations, design, and instrumentation & control, and this enables us to recognize and resolve your problems with the confidence experience brings. Our experience includes:

• Asset Management (Short and Long-Term)
• Performance Assessment & Audits
• Test Witness
• Due Diligence Audits
• Dispatch Schedule Optimization
• Arbitration and Legal Support

As the global market technology leader for power plant performance testing and assessment, McHale understands the value of partnering with our clients to get the most out of their existing assets.  We work closely with our client’s personnel to find a viable optimization solution best-suited for their plant by developing a collaborative custom-tailored plan to improve performance, reduce emissions, improve reliability, and positively influence dispatch ability.

Knowledge | Skills | Results

McHale understands that performance monitoring is more than just numbers on a computer screen. It has to effectively link multiple plant systems together to convert data into usable information that is easy to understand. The presentation must be clear and constructive for the operations staff. Often, a performance-monitoring system will have multiple users with different needs. The system must be flexible enough to provide the appropriate information to each user. If it’s not simple to understand and work with, it’s just not worth the trouble.

 

McHale offers a proprietary Excel Add-In package to add functionality to Excel-specific performance testing and thermodynamic calculations. McHale’s Performance Suites provides results that are accurate and defensible. Features include:

• Applicable for Mechanical Engineers in the Power Generation and Oil and Gas Industries
• Available in 32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions
• User-Friendly, Familiar and Fast, utilizing Microsoft Excel
• Workflow Designed to be Intuitive and Efficient
• Alternate to Excel, any Programming Language Using DLL Files

Accurate, Robust, and Fast Formulations for Physical Properties

If you are in need of trusted advice on your power project and/or plant performance,   McHale’s Owner’s Engineers are practiced in negotiating plant performance and the proper techniques in ensuring that project performance is determined correctly to support our client’s expectations and protect them from the risks associated with poorly tendered commissioning, Start-up, and Testing plans..  We can assist you in the following areas:

• Performance Testing Witnessing
• Contract Negotiation Assistance
• Performance Feasibility Studies
• Power Purchase Agreement Negotiations
• Project Negotiations
• OEM Performance Corrections and Guarantee Feasibility Verification
• Design Options and Alternatives Studies
• Review of Major Equipment Design and Application

The McHale organization maintains unparalleled performance engineering resources.  Our principals and staff have extensive experience in design, startup, test, operations, and instrumentation & control of power generation facilities. We have provided  engineering consulting, testing and analysis services to well over 200,000 MW’s of power plant capacity around the world, and this experience includes natural gas, fossil (coal, heavy oil, and distillate), renewable fuel, hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar plants.

McHale principals have served as expert witnesses on over a dozen domestic and international arbitrations and court cases associated with disputes within the power industry.  Our team is well versed in developing expert witness reports, depositions and testimony.

Measurement

RENTAL

CALIBRATION

ON-SITE

FABRICATION

CONSULTATION

FUEL ANALYSIS

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McHale’s Measurement Services provides measurement solutions based on your specific needs. No matter the industry, we will provide best in class measurement services to help you achieve your goals. Our services range from simple instrument rental/calibration to full on-site measurement services and consultations.

McHale Measurement provides high accuracy instrumentation for your most demanding requirements. We provide stand-alone devices or fully integrated measurement systems in both analog and digital communication. Our instrumentation is calibrated in our ISO 17025 accredited lab in compliance with the McHale Quality Assurance Plan.

Pressure (0.075% Class and 0.04% Class)
Temperature (RTDs, Thermistors, and Thermocouples)
Differential Pressure (0.075% Class and 0.04% Class)
Frequency
Relative Humidity (2%) and Wet Bulb Temperature
Electrical Output (0.08%) and Power Factor (1%)
Handheld Power Quality Analyzers and DMMs
Circulating Water Flow-Rate by Pitot or Ultrasonic Measurements
Air / Gas Flow by Anemometer, Pitot or Ultrasonic Measurements
Dimensional Measurements
Flue Gas Measurements – O2, CO2, CO, NOx
Steam Calorimeters

Our state of the art ISO 17025 accredited calibration laboratory is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and can efficiently service anywhere in the country, either in our lab or on your project site.

McHale understands the importance of reducing or eliminating downtime due to calibration, repair, and troubleshooting. Our Mobile Calibration Lab makes it easy to provide on-site service with minimal interruption to daily operations. When your instruments are not functioning correctly, our knowledgeable technicians are available to help.

Calibration Services:
Thermodynamic
Electrical
Dimensional
and more…

McHale Measurement Services knows the need for quick turn-around and highly accurate measurement solutions.  Whether your job requires quick troubleshooting and diagnostics or technically and carefully planned out test measurements, we can provide the response and expertise.
Flow Measurement

• Flow Measurement
• Steam Calorimeter for Steam Quality Dryness Fraction
Natural Gas Sampling and On-Site Gas Chromatography
• Coal Fineness and Fly Ash LOI (Loss of Ignition)
• Flue gas sampling and Analysis
• Pressure, Temperature, Ambient conditions, Power Output, and Auxiliary Power

Custom measurement solution to meet your requirements

McHale Measurement Services has the ability to modify or build a measurement solution for your specific needs.  Not all off the shelf measurement devices work for your application; that’s where our fabrication department comes in to enable you to get the accurate data you need for your project.

McHale’s Measurement Services has extensive experience in measurement requirements and solutions.  Our seasoned team of Consultants, Engineers and Technicians can walk you through general and site specific issues that you may be facing.

We understand how important accurate measurements are for your day to day operations as well as helping keep up with periodic maintenance schedules and requirements of your entire facility or individual components. Let us help you ensure that you have the best measurement solution for your application.

McHale’s Measurement Services has in-house, mobile (domestic and international) and on-site Natural Gas Chromatography capabilities. We offer natural gas analysis and report to ASTM D1945 standards.

McHale Measurement performs calibration checks at the beginning AND end of each analysis day, ensuring that there was no drift outside of the accepted tolerances.

Environmental

SERVICES

SAMPLING

MONITORING

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McHale’s Environmental Services provides emission testing programs designed to meet each client’s particular needs with experienced and professional emissions measurement teams overseen by a staff with over 25 years of experience in the source testing industry, including both domestic and international testing projects. The McHale team consists of engineers and technicians, dedicated to providing Environmental our clients with accurate and precise test results.

McHale’s Environmental Services provides emission measurement solutions to a variety of industries, such as:

Sampling Capabilities
CEMS gaseous testing (O2, CO2, CO, SO2, NOx, VOC)
EPA Manual Testing for (Particulate, Metals, Dioxin, HCL, Hg, NH3, SO3, Formaldehyde)
Opacity
Flow Balance
Portable Testing
Ammonia Slip
Monitoring Capabilities
Tuning – Boilers, Engines and Turbines
Efficiency determination for – ESP, Scrubber, Baghouse, SCR and most source control devices
Guarantee and Compliance Testing of various combustion sources
Part 60/75 Relative Accuracy Testing
PM CEMS Correlation Testing
Cylinder Gas Audits
Flow Studies
PEMS Studies
Inlet / Outlet
Destruction Efficiency
McHale’s Environmental Services understands the complexity of the issues faced by industries.  McHale has the experience and expertise to help resolve federal, state and local compliance issues for owners of emission sources
We have international expertise in sampling and analysis of air emissions, environmental engineering, and training in the use of sampling and pollutant analysis methodologies. Types of testing available include:

• Compliance
• Report Reviews
• Contract Verification
• Diagnostic
• Research & Development
• Formaldehyde
• Ammonia Slip
• Fuel Samples & Analysis
• Low-Level Sampling & Analysis
• VOC With or Without Methane/Ethane
• Diagnostic
• PM
• Opacity
McHale’s Environmental Services provides clients real time monitoring support for tuning and optimizing emissions sources. We are experienced with many types of turbines, boilers and other sources. We perform turbine start-up activities, tuning, and CEMS RATA, Compliance and Guarantee Tests, and the pre and post shutdowns.

• Real time basis using continuous analyzers
• Emissions testing support for optimizing pollution control devices, such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units, thermal oxidizers, catalysts, scrubbers, ESP units, PJFF units, and other pollution control devices.
• Sample inlet and outlet simultaneously to provide determinations for efficiency and reduction.
• Accurate results for developing the control device operating curves.
• Parametric tests for developing air/fuel ratios for IC engines

Power Market

FOSSIL FUELS

RENEWABLES

NUCLEAR

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  • AQCS
  • COAL
  • OIL & NATURAL GAS
  • SIMPLE CYCLE
  • BIOFUELS
  • GEOTHERMAL
  • HYDROELECTRIC
  • SOLAR
  • WIND
  • NUCLEAR

McHale & Associates, Inc. is recognized throughout the power generation industry as specialized engineering experts that provide superior testing and plant thermal performance improvement services. McHale is an industry leader in providing cost-effective performance evaluation services.

McHale has worked with a variety of EPC contractors, utilities, and manufacturers throughout the power generation industry. The McHale team is known for professional, quick response, accurate high quality testing, and has extensive expertise in plant and component performance.

McHale’s Performance Services provides performance testing for the contract procurement of Air Quality Control (AQC) Systems (AQCS) and components. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project.  Through strategic and proven subcontracting relationships with emissions testing companies, McHale provides a comprehensive testing program based on clear expertise with EPA, ASME, ANSI, ISO, ASTM, and EPRI code techniques. These services include:

Emission Reduction (CO2, NOx, SOx, PM, Mercury)
Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) Emissions Reduction
Particulate Matter Filterable (PM) Emissions
Catalyst Efficiency
Emission Removal Efficiency
Catalyst Degradation Studies
Utility-Scale Plant / Distributed Generation Facility Performance Testing / Evaluation Services
Plant and Facility Contractual Acceptance or Routine Testing and Improvement

McHale provides performance testing for the contract procurement of coal-based plants and components. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project.

• Power Output
• Heat Rate
• Capacity
• Efficiency
• Thermal Cycle analysis
• Reliability
• Availability
• Ramp Rate
• Noise Tests
• Water/Steam Consumption
McHale provides performance testing for the contract procurement of natural gas-based plants and components; such as, LNG and LPG production processes and facilities. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project. McHale provides benchmark status performance testing to our clients to ensure that plant performance has not degraded to unacceptable levels and to identify where program improvements can be made to improve efficiency, output, and economic performance. In addition, McHale can provide the required performance testing to verify the performance of individual units and multiple facilities to establish confident benchmarks for planning optimized coordinated plant operation and outage maintenance projects. These include:

• Plant & Facility Testing (Contractual Acceptance or Routine)
• Distributed Power
• LNG Facilities
• Gas Compression Stations
• Pumping Stations
• LPG Production
• Oil Field Power Generation
• Pipeline
McHale’s Performance Services provides performance testing for the contract procurement of natural gas-based plants and components. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project. Our services provide benchmark status performance testing to our clients to ensure that plant performance has not degraded to unacceptable levels and to identify where program improvements can be made to improve efficiency, output, and economic performance. McHale can provide the required performance testing in order to verify the performance of individual units and multiple facilities to establish confident benchmarks for planning optimized coordinated plant operation and outage maintenance projects. These include:

• Plant & Facility Testing (Contractual Acceptance or Routine)
• Component Testing
• Combined Conversion Equipment
• Auxiliary Equipment
When navigating the challenges associated with ensuring the performance of your biofuel fired power producing assets and for quantifying the optimum achievable efficiency of their biofuel production processes and facilities, you can trust McHale to provide you with performance testing designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence to ensure successful closure of the project.

We have experience with testing plants fired on multiple fuels such as:

• Wood (Sawdust, Pellets, Waste, Strip)
• Ethanol
• Biogas
• Bagasse
• Bioethanol
• Turkey Litter
• Petcoke
• Methane (Landfill Gas)
• Sewage
As our clients are trusted stewards to this valuable natural resource, McHale Performance is a trusted advisor to our clients when it comes to providing high confidence testing and advisory solutions for determining and optimizing the plants performance.  When it comes to the bottom line, knowing and optimizing the plants performance over the projected economic life of the project is a fundamental contributor to the project performance. See how McHale Performance can become your partner in geothermal plant performance.  A sample of projects supported.

• TeMihi Geothermal Project (New Zealand): Detailed performance test procedures; a site specific test spreadsheet model; valve isolation list; high accuracy temporary test instrumentation; performance test personnel to conduct the test; detailed test reports
• Toshiba Olkaria IV and Olkaria I (Kenya): High accuracy temporary test instrumentation including calorimeter for moisture determination.
Whether you are going to rehabilitate existing units, desire to optimize performance, benchmark current status or procuring new hydro turbine; McHale’s proven track record of economical and effective testing methods, metrology equipment, and technical advisement has been central to maintaining and improving plant performance to our clients.  McHale is experienced in the application of codes and the particulars of how to go beyond codes when the situation dictates so to provide the parties to a test an appropriate code level confidence in the results.

• ASME PTC-18 Performance Test Code for Hydraulic Turbines and Pump Turbines
• IEC:60041 (1991)Field acceptance tests to determine the hydraulic performance of hydraulic turbines, storage pumps and pump-turbines
• IEC:61116 (1992) Electromechanical equipment guide for small hydroelectric installations

As the world continues to transition its focus onto renewable sources of energy, McHale & Associates is utilizing its knowledge and experience from multiple energy sectors to support emerging technologies and renewable energy projects. McHale has been providing solution driven engineering, consulting, modeling and plant performance testing services for the solar energy market for over 10 years.

Our qualified test personnel deploy around the globe to conduct accurate testing in accordance with the approved test procedures and provide impartial testing results analysis and reports.

We encourage you to take a look at our valued services and how they can be leveraged to your success.

Power Performance Assessments / Technical Advisor / Test Code Specialists
Qualified & Impartial Test Personnel
/ Code Compliant and Calibrated Test Equipment

Whether it is contractual acceptance of an individual turbine, verification of the overall performance of a wind farm, or investigation into lower than expected Wind Turbine output and availability, McHale’s Renewables Services team is well versed in advising our clients in the proper testing techniques that will provide answers with confidence.

McHale’s Advisors understand the importance of each element required to ensure performance guarantees are achieved with confidence so to ensure the success of a project.

We encourage you to take a look at our valued services and how they can be leveraged to your success.

McHale specializes in turbine cycle heat rate and power output performance testing of Nuclear Power Plants and has successfully conducted power uprate performance testing.  We stand ready to support your testing needs in the areas of:

• Plant Heat Rate and Power Output Testing
• Turbine Replacement/Retrofit Warranty Testing
• Routine Outage Improvement Pre to Post Testing
• Degradation Recovery Investigations and Assessments
• Condenser Performance Testing
• Heat Exchange Testing for Closed Feedwater Heaters
• Cooling Tower Thermal, Sound, and Drift Testing
• M&TE Equipment Rental, Calibration, and Sales … and more.

Performance

McHale’s Performance Services team is a specialized engineering and consulting group recognized in the energy industry as the leader in providing independent third-party due diligence services in the areas of project execution strategies, risk mitigation, performance optimization, and project / technology validations through analysis and testing.

TESTING

McHale’s Performance Services is experienced in testing the performance of virtually all major balance of plant components, such as:

• Combustion Turbine or Gas Turbine
• Generators
• Steam Turbine Generators
• Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)
• Fossil Fired Boilers
• (Coal, Natural Gas, Biomass, etc.)
• Recovery Boilers

• Waste-to-Energy Boilers
• Air Quality Control (AQC) Systems
• Selective Catalytic Reduction
• (SCR) Systems
• Selective Noncatalytic Reduction (SNCR)
• Systems
• Low NOx Burners
• Moisture Separators

McHale provides the tools plant personnel need to accurately assess plant performance and make the improvements to maintain a competitive edge in today’s competitive market, including staff training and turnkey services for the following performance improvement functions:
• Component Performance
• Plant Performance
• Thermo-economic Modeling
• Thermodynamic Modeling
• Plant Efficiency Audit
• Root Cause Analysis Studies

McHale is a corporate member of the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) and is licensed by CTI as an independent testing agency to perform acceptance and routine testing on cooling towers and related equipment. CTI licensor is held separately for thermal testing and drift emission testing.

Licensed Cooling Tower Testing Services include:
• Thermal ATC-105
• Thermal Certification STD-201
• Drift ATC-140
• Sound ATC-128
Non-Licensed Cooling Tower Testing Services include:
• Wet-Dry Plume Abatement
• Evaporative Condensers
• Air Cooled Condensers
• Water Flow Measurement

IMPROVEMENT

McHale’s principals and staff have provided power plant and energy facility performance services for over 50 years. Our knowledge background covers a variety of plant configurations and includes design and operational experience. As a result, we know firsthand the challenges faced in management, start-up, operations, design, and instrumentation & control, and this enables us to recognize and resolve your problems with the confidence experience brings. Our experience includes:

• Asset Management (Short and Long-Term)
• Performance Assessment & Audits
• Test Witness
• Due Diligence Audits
• Dispatch Schedule Optimization
• Arbitration and Legal Support

As the global market technology leader for power plant performance testing and assessment, McHale understands the value of partnering with our clients to get the most out of their existing assets.  We work closely with our client’s personnel to find a viable optimization solution best-suited for their plant by developing a collaborative custom-tailored plan to improve performance, reduce emissions, improve reliability, and positively influence dispatch ability.

Knowledge | Skills | Results

McHale understands that performance monitoring is more than just numbers on a computer screen. It has to effectively link multiple plant systems together to convert data into usable information that is easy to understand. The presentation must be clear and constructive for the operations staff. Often, a performance-monitoring system will have multiple users with different needs. The system must be flexible enough to provide the appropriate information to each user. If it’s not simple to understand and work with, it’s just not worth the trouble.

SOFTWARE

McHale offers a proprietary Excel Add-In package to add functionality to Excel-specific performance testing and thermodynamic calculations. McHale’s Performance Suites provides results that are accurate and defensible. Features include:

 

• Applicable for Mechanical Engineers in the Power Generation and Oil and Gas Industries
• Available in 32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions
• User-Friendly, Familiar and Fast, utilizing Microsoft Excel
• Workflow Designed to be Intuitive and Efficient
• Alternate to Excel, any Programming Language Using DLL Files

 

 

 

Accurate, Robust, and Fast Formulations for Physical Properties

ADVISING

The McHale organization maintains unparalleled performance engineering resources.  Our principals and staff have extensive experience in design, startup, test, operations, and instrumentation & control of power generation facilities. We have provided  engineering consulting, testing and analysis services to well over 200,000 MW’s of power plant capacity around the world, and this experience includes natural gas, fossil (coal, heavy oil, and distillate), renewable fuel, hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar plants.

McHale principals have served as expert witnesses on over a dozen domestic and international arbitrations and court cases associated with disputes within the power industry.  Our team is well versed in developing expert witness reports, depositions and testimony.

The McHale organization maintains unparalleled performance engineering resources.  Our principals and staff have extensive experience in design, startup, test, operations, and instrumentation & control of power generation facilities. We have provided  engineering consulting, testing and analysis services to well over 200,000 MW’s of power plant capacity around the world, and this experience includes natural gas, fossil (coal, heavy oil, and distillate), renewable fuel, hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar plants.

McHale principals have served as expert witnesses on over a dozen domestic and international arbitrations and court cases associated with disputes within the power industry.  Our team is well versed in developing expert witness reports, depositions and testimony.

Measurement

McHale’s Measurement Services provides measurement solutions based on your specific needs. No matter the industry, we will provide best in class measurement services to help you achieve your goals. Our services range from simple instrument rental/calibration to full on-site measurement services and consultations.

RENTAL

McHale Measurement provides high accuracy instrumentation for your most demanding requirements. We provide stand-alone devices or fully integrated measurement systems in both analog and digital communication. Our instrumentation is calibrated in our ISO 17025 accredited lab in compliance with the McHale Quality Assurance Plan.

 Pressure (0.075% Class and 0.04% Class)
 Temperature (RTDs, Thermistors, and Thermocouples)
 Differential Pressure (0.075% Class and 0.04% Class)
 Frequency
 Relative Humidity (2%) and Wet Bulb Temperature
 Electrical Output (0.08%) and Power Factor (1%)
 Handheld Power Quality Analyzers and DMMs
 Circulating Water Flow-Rate by Pitot or Ultrasonic Measurements
 Air / Gas Flow by Anemometer, Pitot or Ultrasonic Measurements
 Dimensional Measurements
 Flue Gas Measurements – O2, CO2, CO, NOx
 Steam Calorimeters

McHale’s Measurement Services provides measurement solutions based on your specific needs. No matter the industry, we will provide best in class measurement services to help you achieve your goals. Our services range from simple instrument rental/calibration to full on-site measurement services and consultations.

McHale Measurement Services knows the need for quick turn-around and highly accurate measurement solutions.  Whether your job requires quick troubleshooting and diagnostics or technically and carefully planned out test measurements, we can provide the response and expertise.
Flow Measurement

 

• Flow Measurement
• Steam Calorimeter for Steam Quality Dryness Fraction
 Natural Gas Sampling and On-Site Gas Chromatography
• Coal Fineness and Fly Ash LOI (Loss of Ignition)
• Flue gas sampling and Analysis
• Pressure, Temperature, Ambient conditions, Power Output, and Auxiliary Power

Custom measurement solution to meet your requirements

McHale Measurement Services has the ability to modify or build a measurement solution for your specific needs.  Not all off the shelf measurement devices work for your application; that’s where our fabrication department comes in to enable you to get the accurate data you need for your project.

McHale’s Measurement Services has extensive experience in measurement requirements and solutions.  Our seasoned team of Consultants, Engineers and Technicians can walk you through general and site specific issues that you may be facing.

We understand how important accurate measurements are for your day to day operations as well as helping keep up with periodic maintenance schedules and requirements of your entire facility or individual components. Let us help you ensure that you have the best measurement solution for your application.

McHale’s Measurement Services has in-house, mobile (domestic and international) and on-site Natural Gas Chromatography capabilities. We offer natural gas analysis and report to ASTM D1945 standards.

McHale Measurement performs calibration checks at the beginning AND end of each analysis day, ensuring that there was no drift outside of the accepted tolerances.

Environmental

McHale’s Environmental Services provides emission testing programs designed to meet each client’s particular needs with experienced and professional emissions measurement teams overseen by a staff with over 25 years of experience in the source testing industry, including both domestic and international testing projects. The McHale team consists of engineers and technicians, dedicated to providing Environmental our clients with accurate and precise test results.

RENTAL

McHale’s Environmental Services provides emission measurement solutions to a variety of industries, such as:

Sampling Capabilities
CEMS gaseous testing (O2, CO2, CO, SO2, NOx, VOC)
 EPA Manual Testing for (Particulate, Metals, Dioxin, HCL, Hg, NH3, SO3, Formaldehyde)
 Opacity
 Flow Balance
 Portable Testing
 Ammonia Slip
Monitoring Capabilities
 Tuning – Boilers, Engines and Turbines
 Efficiency determination for – ESP, Scrubber, Baghouse, SCR and most source control devices
 Guarantee and Compliance Testing of various combustion sources
 Part 60/75 Relative Accuracy Testing
 PM CEMS Correlation Testing
 Cylinder Gas Audits
 Flow Studies
 PEMS Studies
 Inlet / Outlet
 Destruction Efficiency

McHale’s Environmental Services understands the complexity of the issues faced by industries.  McHale has the experience and expertise to help resolve federal, state and local compliance issues for owners of emission sources
We have international expertise in sampling and analysis of air emissions, environmental engineering, and training in the use of sampling and pollutant analysis methodologies. Types of testing available include:

 

• Compliance
• Report Reviews
• Contract Verification
• Diagnostic
• Research & Development
• Formaldehyde
• Ammonia Slip
• Fuel Samples & Analysis
• Low-Level Sampling & Analysis
• VOC With or Without Methane/Ethane
• Diagnostic
• PM
• Opacity

McHale’s Environmental Services provides clients real time monitoring support for tuning and optimizing emissions sources. We are experienced with many types of turbines, boilers and other sources. We perform turbine start-up activities, tuning, and CEMS RATA, Compliance and Guarantee Tests, and the pre and post shutdowns.

 

• Real time basis using continuous analyzers
• Emissions testing support for optimizing pollution control devices, such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units, thermal oxidizers, catalysts, scrubbers, ESP units, PJFF units, and other pollution control devices.
• Sample inlet and outlet simultaneously to provide determinations for efficiency and reduction.
• Accurate results for developing the control device operating curves.
• Parametric tests for developing air/fuel ratios for IC engines

Power Market

McHale & Associates, Inc. is recognized throughout the power generation industry as specialized engineering experts that provide superior testing and plant thermal performance improvement services. McHale is an industry leader in providing cost-effective performance evaluation services.

McHale has worked with a variety of EPC contractors, utilities, and manufacturers throughout the power generation industry. The McHale team is known for professional, quick response, accurate high quality testing, and has extensive expertise in plant and component performance.

FOSSIL FUELS

McHale’s Performance Services provides performance testing for the contract procurement of Air Quality Control (AQC) Systems (AQCS) and components. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project.  Through strategic and proven subcontracting relationships with emissions testing companies, McHale provides a comprehensive testing program based on clear expertise with EPA, ASME, ANSI, ISO, ASTM, and EPRI code techniques. These services include:

 Emission Reduction (CO2, NOx, SOx, PM, Mercury)
 Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) Emissions Reduction
 Particulate Matter Filterable (PM) Emissions
 Catalyst Efficiency
 Emission Removal Efficiency
 Catalyst Degradation Studies

Utility-Scale Plant / Distributed Generation Facility Performance Testing / Evaluation Services
Plant and Facility Contractual Acceptance or Routine Testing and Improvement

McHale provides performance testing for the contract procurement of coal-based plants and components. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project.

 

• Power Output
• Heat Rate
• Capacity
• Efficiency
• Thermal Cycle analysis
• Reliability
• Availability
• Ramp Rate
• Noise Tests
• Water/Steam Consumption

McHale provides performance testing for the contract procurement of natural gas-based plants and components; such as, LNG and LPG production processes and facilities. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project. McHale provides benchmark status performance testing to our clients to ensure that plant performance has not degraded to unacceptable levels and to identify where program improvements can be made to improve efficiency, output, and economic performance. In addition, McHale can provide the required performance testing to verify the performance of individual units and multiple facilities to establish confident benchmarks for planning optimized coordinated plant operation and outage maintenance projects. These include:

 

• Plant & Facility Testing (Contractual Acceptance or Routine)
• Distributed Power
• LNG Facilities
• Gas Compression Stations
• Pumping Stations
• LPG Production
• Oil Field Power Generation
• Pipeline

McHale’s Performance Services provides performance testing for the contract procurement of natural gas-based plants and components. Specifically, our performance testing is designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence expected by the parties of the contractual acceptance test and to ensure the successful closure of the project. Our services provide benchmark status performance testing to our clients to ensure that plant performance has not degraded to unacceptable levels and to identify where program improvements can be made to improve efficiency, output, and economic performance. McHale can provide the required performance testing in order to verify the performance of individual units and multiple facilities to establish confident benchmarks for planning optimized coordinated plant operation and outage maintenance projects. These include:

 

• Plant & Facility Testing (Contractual Acceptance or Routine)
• Component Testing
• Combined Conversion Equipment
• Auxiliary Equipment

RENEWABLES

When navigating the challenges associated with ensuring the performance of your biofuel fired power producing assets and for quantifying the optimum achievable efficiency of their biofuel production processes and facilities, you can trust McHale to provide you with performance testing designed to verify contractual guarantees at the level of confidence to ensure successful closure of the project.

 

We have experience with testing plants fired on multiple fuels such as:

• Wood (Sawdust, Pellets, Waste, Strip)
• Ethanol
• Biogas
• Bagasse
• Bioethanol
• Turkey Litter
• Petcoke
• Methane (Landfill Gas)
• Sewage

As our clients are trusted stewards to this valuable natural resource, McHale Performance is a trusted advisor to our clients when it comes to providing high confidence testing and advisory solutions for determining and optimizing the plants performance.  When it comes to the bottom line, knowing and optimizing the plants performance over the projected economic life of the project is a fundamental contributor to the project performance. See how McHale Performance can become your partner in geothermal plant performance.  A sample of projects supported.

 

• TeMihi Geothermal Project (New Zealand): Detailed performance test procedures; a site specific test spreadsheet model; valve isolation list; high accuracy temporary test instrumentation; performance test personnel to conduct the test; detailed test reports
• Toshiba Olkaria IV and Olkaria I (Kenya): High accuracy temporary test instrumentation including calorimeter for moisture determination.

Whether you are going to rehabilitate existing units, desire to optimize performance, benchmark current status or procuring new hydro turbine; McHale’s proven track record of economical and effective testing methods, metrology equipment, and technical advisement has been central to maintaining and improving plant performance to our clients.  McHale is experienced in the application of codes and the particulars of how to go beyond codes when the situation dictates so to provide the parties to a test an appropriate code level confidence in the results.

 

• ASME PTC-18 Performance Test Code for Hydraulic Turbines and Pump Turbines
• IEC:60041 (1991)Field acceptance tests to determine the hydraulic performance of hydraulic turbines, storage pumps and pump-turbines
• IEC:61116 (1992) Electromechanical equipment guide for small hydroelectric installations

As the world continues to transition its focus onto renewable sources of energy, McHale & Associates is utilizing its knowledge and experience from multiple energy sectors to support emerging technologies and renewable energy projects. McHale has been providing solution driven engineering, consulting, modeling and plant performance testing services for the solar energy market for over 10 years.

Our qualified test personnel deploy around the globe to conduct accurate testing in accordance with the approved test procedures and provide impartial testing results analysis and reports.

We encourage you to take a look at our valued services and how they can be leveraged to your success.

Power Performance Assessments / Technical Advisor / Test Code Specialists
Qualified & Impartial Test Personnel 
/ Code Compliant and Calibrated Test Equipment

Whether it is contractual acceptance of an individual turbine, verification of the overall performance of a wind farm, or investigation into lower than expected Wind Turbine output and availability, McHale’s Renewables Services team is well versed in advising our clients in the proper testing techniques that will provide answers with confidence.

McHale’s Advisors understand the importance of each element required to ensure performance guarantees are achieved with confidence so to ensure the success of a project.

We encourage you to take a look at our valued services and how they can be leveraged to your success.

NUCLEAR

McHale specializes in turbine cycle heat rate and power output performance testing of Nuclear Power Plants and has successfully conducted power uprate performance testing.  We stand ready to support your testing needs in the areas of:

 

• Plant Heat Rate and Power Output Testing
• Turbine Replacement/Retrofit Warranty Testing
• Routine Outage Improvement Pre to Post Testing
• Degradation Recovery Investigations and Assessments
• Condenser Performance Testing
• Heat Exchange Testing for Closed Feedwater Heaters
• Cooling Tower Thermal, Sound, and Drift Testing
• M&TE Equipment Rental, Calibration, and Sales … and more.