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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Start up a gas turbine power generator system from a control room 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116459  Start up a gas turbine power generator system from a control room 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for a person who start-up a gas turbine power Generating unit from a control room.

A learner credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Prepare plant for service.
  • Run Up, Synchronise and Load plant.
  • Monitor plant start up conditions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding to start up a Gas Turbine Power Generator Unit. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    1. Communication ability sufficient to listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the senders needs.
    2. The ability to recognise, analyse problems, evaluate options and decide on the most appropriate action.
    3. An understanding of the energy conversion process.
    4. A technical understanding at N3 level of mathematics, engineering science, power plant theory electrical trade theory or electro technology.
    5. A basic understanding of production process chemicals, their use and dangers.
    6. Safety equipment use.
    7. General safety and regulatory requirements 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    From maintenance outage to maximum continuous rating.
    Normal and Black start conditions 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare plant for service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permit to work verified as being cleared for service according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plant prepared for service according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plant status communicated according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    People and plant
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Run up, synchronise and load plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Instruction to start up plant initiated and confirmed according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    End selections performed to meet instructions received. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    All selections applicable to specific plant configuration.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Run up performed according to relevant operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Synchronising of generator performed according to operating requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Auto and Manual.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Loading of Unit performed according to operating requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Auto and Manual.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Operating activities communicated reflecting real time events and plant conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor plant start up conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plant start up conditions is monitored according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fuel and Compressed air inventory assessed to meet specific organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fuel and compressed air availability is assured through proactive actions taken According to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plant start up conditions communicated according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding to start up a gas turbine power generator System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Out of normal conditions and its effect on people, plant and material are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Decisions and actions and their anticipated impact on plant and people in the direct Working environment is known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Organize and prioritise own job activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Key energy conversion process and concepts are understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Environmental requirements that control the operation of plant is known and Understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The theory of application of mechanical and electrical plant components and their Interrelation with the plant is known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Binary and Analogy control systems their representation in schematic diagrams and the interface between different control systems is known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Dangers pertaining to process chemicals used and understood 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Plant operating philosophy known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Documents and processes in use are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Regulatory requirements with respect to start up is known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    Incidents and trends related to start up is known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    Process computer functionalities and applications are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
    Communicate structures are known and understood. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Assessment Criteria reference 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Permit to work verified as being cleared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant status communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to
  • Instruction to start up plant initiated and confirmed according to organisational requirements.
  • End selections performed to meet instructions received.
  • Operating activities communicated reflecting real time events and plant conditions.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to.
  • Fuel and compressed air availability is assured through proactive actions taken According to organisational requirements.
  • Plant start up conditions communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Permit to work verified as being cleared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant prepared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant status communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to
  • Instruction to start up plant initiated and confirmed according to organisational requirements.
  • End selections performed to meet instructions received.
  • Run Up performed according to relevant operating procedures.
  • Synchronising of Generator performed according to operating requirements.
  • Loading of Unit performed according to operating requirements.
  • Operating activities communicated reflecting real time events and plant conditions.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to.
  • Plant start up conditions is monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Fuel and Compressed air inventory assessed to meet specific organisational requirements.
  • Fuel and compressed air availability is assured through proactive actions taken According to organisational requirements.
  • Plant start up conditions communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Permit to work verified as being cleared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant prepared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to
  • Operating activities communicated reflecting real time events and plant conditions.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to.
  • Plant start up conditions is monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Fuel and Compressed air inventory assessed to meet specific organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Permit to work verified as being cleared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant status communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to
  • Instruction to start up plant initiated and confirmed according to organisational requirements.
  • Operating activities communicated reflecting real time events and plant conditions.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to.
  • Fuel and compressed air availability is assured through proactive actions taken According to organisational requirements.
  • Plant start up conditions communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Plant prepared for service according to organisational requirements
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to
  • End selections performed to meet instructions received
  • Run Up performed according to relevant operating procedures.
  • Synchronising of Generator performed according to operating requirements.
  • Loading of Unit performed according to operating requirements.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to.
  • Plant start up conditions is monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Fuel and compressed air availability is assured through proactive actions taken According to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as set of related systems

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Permit to work verified as being cleared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant prepared for service according to organisational requirements.
  • Plant status communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to
  • Instruction to start up plant initiated and confirmed according to organisational requirements.
  • End selections performed to meet instructions received.
  • Run Up performed according to relevant operating procedures.
  • Synchronising of Generator performed according to operating requirements.
  • Loading of Unit performed according to operating requirements
  • Safety and Housekeeping standards adhere to.
  • Plant start up conditions is monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Fuel and Compressed air inventory assessed to meet specific organisational requirements.
  • Plant start up conditions communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards adhere to. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Reference to assessment tools:
  • Prepare the gas turbine for service.
  • Running up synchronize and loading of plant.
  • Monitor start up activities.
  • Knowledge and understanding to start up gas turbine power generating plant. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48978   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Network Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. ESKOM DUVHA POWER STATION - OPERATIONS 
    2. ESKOM KRIEL POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 
    3. ESKOM MEDUPI POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.