Audit of technical quality control process of Asian EPC for European IGCC plant

Application: New-build fossil-fired power plant.
Project scope: Independent audit of technical quality control process.
Client: Owner-operator, Europe.

The owner-operator of a new, large Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant needed reassurances about the technical quality control process of its main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor in Asia. The lump-sum contract was for key equipment, including power blocks, boiler parts and auxiliary equipment, and presented significant risks to the project’s success if the technical quality could not be assured.

We held an initial meeting with the client to fully understand the concerns, identify the areas to be covered by our independent auditing service and define a set of acceptance criteria. Our remit was broad ranging, encompassing quality, safety, legal and regulatory compliance, delivery control, environmental impact and social accountability.

The client benefited from our extensive network of international resources, with the large-scale audit being led by our experienced team in Japan, and the utilisation of our proprietary vendor risk management solution. Major deviations were reported no later than 48 hours after discovery, but generally within 24 to 36 hours. Besides the audit of the main contractor, we also checked the work of various sub-suppliers and sub-contractors across the world.