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Sr. Chair Siemens Large Frame Roundtables
Mike Rutledge, Chair Siemens Combustion Turbine Users Roundtables
Rich Wallen
Plant Manager
T.A. Smith Energy Facility
Oglethorpe Power Corporation.

Rich has over 25 years experience in the power generation field. This includes roles in Operations, Maintenance, and Project Management while working for Duke Energy, (formerly Carolina Power and Light), Dominion Resources, Siemens Energy, and now Oglethorpe Power Corporation. He has worked in nuclear and coal-fired stations as well as gas turbine simple and combined cycle facilities during this time. He has experience working with General Electric 7FA and 7EA industrial turbines as well as Siemens platforms of the V84.2, V84.3, and 501F machines. He also has experience with Pratt and Whitney units.

Rich has worked for Oglethorpe as their CT Fleet Manager where he oversaw operations, maintenance, projects, and outages across 22 units at 6 locations.

He has recently accepted the role of Plant Manager at Oglethorpe’s T.A. Smith Energy Facility in Dalton, GA. As plant manager he is responsible for overall operations and maintenance oversight for a 1250 MW combined cycle facility consisting of 4 GE 7FA’s on 2 D-11 steam turbines. The position also encompasses contract and policy compliance, budgeting, outage planning, and project management.

Rich received his Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, his MBA from Clayton State University, and he is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

He accepted the role as Vice Chair for the Siemens (Advanced Frame) Combustion Turbine Users' Roundtable in the Spring of 2014 and has since accepted the duties and responsibilities of the Senior Chair for the Siemens Large Frame Combustion Turbine Users' Roundtables.
Position Objective:  To provide incremental business value to the CTOTF™ membership by facilitating communications, information and discussion among CTOTF™ members, equipment manufacturers, and service providers for the Siemens fleet of Large Frame Combustion Turbines.
Position:Siemens (F,G,V & H Class) RTs Chair Position Duties and ResponsibilitiesDuties and Responsibilities
These Siemens Roundtables are comprised of the F, G, H, V and Legacy Classes of combustion turbines. These Roundtables are provided for Member Users, to exchange information towards resolving problems, issues and concerns, pertaining to the Siemens fleet of Large Frame Combustion Turbines.

Discussion topics for this Roundtable include: Centerline Equipment and Components, Ancillary Equipment, Inlets, Exhausts, Controls and Protection, Inlet Air Conditioning and Performance Testing of these systems.