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Sage Technology initiates PTW groups

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SAGE Technology is taking a leading role in the initiation of two important industry groups - the Victorian Electricity Generators Permit to Work (PTW) Committee and the PAS User Group. Both groups will hold their inaugural meetings in the Latrobe Valley over the next two months.

Representatives from all of the state's electricity generating companies have been invited to attend the meeting of the PTW Committee, which will be modeled on the Queensland equivalent, which has been operating successfully for several years.

Chairman of the Queensland Electricity Generators PTW Committee, Michael Barry, and a founding member of the Queensland group, Doug Hogan, will be keynote speakers at the Victorian meeting.

Sage Technology Product Director, Peter Kingwill, said there were many benefits in establishing the local committee.

"The Queensland group provides PTW experts with a forum to share permit and isolations issues, to develop common interpretations of regulations and standards and to act as a lobby group to governments on PTW issues that affect all Victorian power generators," said Mr Kingwill.

The first meeting of the PTW Committee at PowerWorks Visitor Centre, Morwell on Friday, October 14, will be co-sponsored by Sage Technology and Loy Yang Power.

The PAS User Group brings together representatives from all the plants which have implemented or are about to implement the Permit Administration System (PAS), which was developed by Sage Technology in conjunction with LYP to meet their rigorous standards for an electronic PTW system. It has now been installed in major plant across south-eastern Australia and in Indonesia.

Mr Kingwill said the PAS User Group would enable users to share their experiences and influence the future development of the system.

The User Group's first meeting will be held at Sage Technology on Friday, September 30.

"Sage is delighted to play a key role in the formation of both of these groups," said Mr Kingwill. "But we know that their greatest strengths will come from the interest and activities of the people and organisations involved."

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