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Principal Electrical Engineer

Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India
October 24, 2016

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Surendra Babu Popuri



Professional Summary:

Work Experience: Twenty-seven years

Functional Experience: Design concept and Engineering of various electrical systems; Operation and Maintenance of different electrical equipment like Generators, Transformers, Motors, Switchgears, Circuit breakers, UPS, Elevators, Hoists, Relays and cables etc.,

Systems / Products: Electrical Power systems at Cogeneration plants of SAUDI ARMCO in Saudi Arabia and their standards; Electrical Power systems of Fertilizer plant at Andhra Pradesh in India and their standards; GE make 7FH2 and 7A6 Generators, LS2100 and EX-2100 systems; Variable speed drives; CGL/ Kirloskar/ Hyundai make Transformers; ECMS (GE Power Management system), SCADA, UPS system ( Fusi, Gutor, Straton make), GE Multiline replays (UR series), Alstom static Relays, English Electric Electromagnetic relays

Specialization: Testing of protection relays, Maintenance of 230 kV/ 132 KV/69 KV/18 KV/ 13.8 KV/ 11 KV/6.9 KV/ 3.3KV/480 V/ 415V, transformers/ Switch Gears/Circuit breakers. UPS systems

Industries: Fertilizer, Power and Utility

Work Experience:

From October 2011 to September 2016 – Tihama Power Generation Co. Ltd. Saudi Arabia

1650 MW Co-Gen. Plants – Saudi Aramco 3rd party project – comprises nine GE 7FA and two 7EA Gas Turbines owned by ENGIE (60%) and local entity (40 %).

Key responsibilities:

Senior Electrical Engineer, Engineering

Fleet management – Placed at central office, Al-Khobar, KSA, look after 4 Power plants.

Working experience in Engineering department as a Senior Electrical Engineer for Technology updates, Condition Monitoring, reliability, life assessment, audits, plant modifications and planned & unplanned outages, GE CSA etc.

Hands on experience of testing of transformers/ 230 KV dead tank circuit breakers/ UR series GE Multiline relays during planned outage of the four power generation plants at Uthmaniyah, Shedgum, Rastanura and Juaymah Gas plants in the King dome of Saudi Arabia.

Setting up maintenance schedules based on OEM recommendations and best practices through Maximo system (MMMS).

Execution of Management of change (MOCs), safety observations through Intellex System.

Experience in trouble shooting the problems in Power plants’ start up and Emergency conditions.

Generator inspections through GE contractual services agreement (CSA) (Schedules, spares, consumables, special tools, services and QA/QC).

Successfully completed 8 Major Inspections. Substantial savings without compromising Quality.

Partial re-wedging of one of the 7FAH2 Generator. Generator’s end winding repairs (wet tie repairs)

Planning, scheduling and coordinating major & forced outages, (procedures, risk assessment, manpower, services, special equipment, spares & consumables).

Responsible for Reviewing, implementing and tracking of Technical Information Letters (TIL / Improvements) applicable to Gas Turbine Generator.

Critical Spares Review and setting up required Inventory.

Developing contract scopes, reviewing quotes, Identifying & developing alternate vendors.

Modifications for betterment of operation / maintenance / safety. Evaluation, risk assessment, approving, executing and reviewing

Preparing & monitoring action plan to close points sited / recommended by Auditors (external Technical audits, Insurers Audits)

knowledge of Electrical operations like Synchronization and power distribution at 230 KV/ 69 KV/18 KV/13.9 KV/6.9 KV/480 V level.

Participated in planning and commissioning of Stage-ii plant extensions.

Reporting to Engineering Manager and responsible for technical decisions related to Electrical systems.

Networking with other ENGIE (GDF Suez) assets in the region to gather and share relevant information for safe & reliable operation of Tihama plants

From November 1989 to September 2011 - Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd. (NFCL) – Kakinada, India.

Joined NFCL as Diploma Engineer Trainee in November 1989 and underwent training in Rashtria Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF) Thane for a period of 8 months.

At NFCL, involved in ERECTION AND COMMISSIONING of Two streams of 900 MT of Ammonia Plants (Haldor Topsoe Ammonia Technology, USA) and two streams of 1500 MT of Urea Plants (Snamprogetti Urea technology, Italy). This equipment includes 132 KV In door substation, Co-Generation plant, Associated SWGR panels, Circuit breakers. I have worked with M/S DCL, Calcutta on behalf of NFCL during pre-commissioning activities of transformers and motors of Offsite plants of Fertilizer plant. I had been exposed to operation and maintenance of various electrical equipment. I have had hands on experience as a Shift In-charge for the total electrical system of Fertilizer plant; Worked as Section In-charge for four plants (Ammonia-ii and Urea-ii and bagging plant) and directly reported to department head.

Senior Manager - Electrical

Key responsibilities:

Involved in day-to-day job planning and scheduling.

Gained good knowledge in final inspection of ordered spares in the warehouse.

Working Experience in trouble shooting the problems in Emergency conditions.

Worked as Section In-charge of Ammonia and Urea Plants for 6 years and responsible for preventive /predictive maintenance, shutdown planning & execution and spares management. Also actively participated in planning and commissioning of CDR and CFG projects.

knowledge of Electrical operations like Synchronization and power distribution at 132 KV/11KV/3.3 KV /480 V level.

Setting up maintenance schedules based on OEM recommendations and best practices through SAP system.

Hands on experience in overhauling of Gas turbine generators, HT/LT motors.

Maintenance of 132 KV/11 KV/3.3KV/ 415V Switch Gears (Motor Control Centers (MCC), Power Control Centers (PCC)), Circuit breakers and Transformers.

Maintenance of Critical Electrical Equipment like UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), Excitation systems, Variable speed drives for HP carbamate pumps, other Variable speed drives, Lifts, Hoists etc.,

Coordinating with other agencies for maintenance jobs completion through safety work permit system.

Participating in Safety mock-drills as part of emergency preparedness.

Participating/Conducting 5 minutes safety talks before taking up any maintenance / overhauling job.

Familiar with management system practices i.e. ISO-9001, ISO-14001, OHSAS-18001, Process safety management system (PSMS).


Master degree in Electrical Engineering (M. Tech.) – Power systems

Other Qualifications, Trainings & Certifications:

Visualizing PI system data by OSIsoft on 27th January 2016.

Working Safely by Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (iosh) on 23rd Dec 2015

Technical Report Writing by ICTD on 18th May 2015

UPS SDC/WXW Level 1 to Level 3 training by Schneider from 08th January to 21st January 2015 in Switzerland.

Risk Assessment by National Safety Council on 21st October 2014.

GE-Generator Control System (EX2100 and LCI 2100) from 29th June to 3rd July 2014

GE -Mark Vie Training for GT Control from 22nd June 2014 to 26th June 2014

Effective Communication & Business Etiquette by MCA from 22nd December to 23rd December 2013.

Defensive Driving on Road (Light Vehicles) by GTSC on 3rd Sept 2013.

Elementary First Aid Including CPR by SMTC, Global on 20th August 2013.

Condition Monitoring of Transformers using oil analyses on 23rd June 2013.

PI client Tools Training from 19th May 2013 to 21st May 2013.

Fire Fighting on 10th June 2013.

GE multiline Protection relays by GE Digital Energy from 1st December 2012 to 5th December 2012,

Seminar for Services of Transformer Products by ABB on 17th April 2012

Grounding for Industrial Systems by IEEE on 6th December 2011

Internal Auditor for Responsible Care Management System (RC14001:2008) by UL Management Systems Solutions India Pvt. LTd., (an affiliate of DQS-UL, Germany) on 12th November. 2010

Business Leader Ship Development Programme from 15th-20th December 2008.

Hazard and Operability Training Program held on 22nd-23rd October, 2007 at Kakinada.

Integrated Management (QMS, EMS, OHSAS) System Internal Auditor Training Course from 21st Nov.-23rd Nov. 2005 by Bureau Veritas.

Electrical Energy Conservation held at Tirupati from 23rd – 25th July 1997 by National Productivity Council.

Application of TOSDIC (DDC) and UPS system from 21st -26th August 1995 by IL Educational Services, KOTA-5.

Electrical Motors, Switchgears & Transformers Maintenance held at RCD (for The Associated Cement Cos. Ltd, Research & Consultancy Directorate), Thane, from 28th -31st March, 1994.

Life Member (LM16225) of the Indian Society for Technical Education in the year 1994.

Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations conducted by The Institution of Engineers (India) in the Electrical Engineering Branch in 1990 and 1992 respectively.

I have completed Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1988 placed in First class with Distinction.

Personal Details:

Nationality : Indian

Martial Status : Married

Passport : L9321125

Age : 46 Years

Contact Address : House No-69-3-33/4,

Road No-1, V S Raju Colony,

Near Gaigolupadu Jn.

Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

India - 533005


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