Case Study - The Consequence of System Failure - Sayano-Shishenshaya Hydroelectric Power Station Accident.
In many cases, the consequences of a system failure in a power station, can result in a station black out. Careful attention to the design of the various systems in the power station can be rewarded with a failure which does not cause any equipment damage or any injury.
Sometimes, the consequences of failure can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, this happened in the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Station accident.
An investment in the design of the power station systems is effectively an investment in reducing the risk of a future system failure. On a monetary basis, the investment is not large when compared with the operating cost of a station. The return on investment can be considerable, compared with the cost of system failures.