Important political, social and economic changes in the Europe of the end of the century have had important repercussions in the field of energy generation. A general trend to an opened energy market was encountered not only in the East European (former communist) countries, but also in other West European and overseas countries. Since the continuous aging equipment is far away to be renewed (mainly because of financial reasons), people charged with maintenance responsibilities in power plants are facing with increasing problems. A solution to these problems was developed in the last years within the framework of a cooperation project between ISIM (Institute of Welding and Material Testing) of Timisoara, Romania and GKM (Mannheim Central Power Plant), Germany. A project was developed to support the O and M activities in the field of energy generation. The idea, the way of development and implementation, and estimated results will be presented. (orig.) 436 refs.