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SPECIAL REPORT: From congrats to catastrophe…10 days across the grid-scale storage sector

By Jason Makansi, principal, Pearl Street, a Tucson-based consultancy All of us can point to truly memorable events and periods in our careers. A 10-day period that began with a tour and deep dive of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s (Ladwp) Beacon storage facility in the Mojave desert and ended with the catastrophic […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: A wakeup call on film-forming substances

Film-forming substances (FFS), intended primarily for the protection of metal surfaces, are not new. The earliest patent (known to the editors) for one such substance, octadecylamine (ODA), was issued in 1954, with first powerplant applications in the former Soviet Union and East Germany. Earlier still, FFS were used to protect shipments of military equipment during […]

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JUNE CCJ WEBINARS FOR OWNER/OPERATORS

Solutions for Turbine/Generator Coupling Seize Up Presented by Peter Miranda, Director of Power Generation Business Development, Nord-Lock Group. Wednesday,  June 19, 2019 @ 1pm ET / 10am PT. A look at the critical-path threat that occurs in turbine/generator (T/G) coupling flanges, when fitted bolts seize in their bores. Downsides, risks of using conventional bolts for […]

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2018 BEST OF THE BEST PRACTICES: Effingham County Power

Recognized for Best Practices in O&M, Safety, Workforce Development, Outage Management Foam inserts prevent air flow through offline gas turbines When gas turbines (GT) are shut down for extended periods in Georgia, the high humidity and natural draft through the HRSGs creates problematic condensation on tube fins. Rusting occurs, especially when water is still present […]

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2018 BEST OF THE BEST PRACTICES: Green Country Energy

Recognized for Best Practices in Environmental Management and Safety Design hazardous-spill response plan for worst-case scenario Nearly all plants have a plan for addressing hazardous spills. Many, like 801-MW Green Country Energy (GCE), owned by J-Power USA and operated by NAES Corp, have a comprehensive spill-prevention control and countermeasures plan that identifies areas where spills […]

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2018 BEST OF THE BEST PRACTICES: Hermiston Generating Plant

Recognized for its Best Practice in Outage Management Self-performing combustion inspections strengthens plant’s bottom line The days of having long-term service agreements (LTSAs) that coexist with power purchase agreements (PPAs) are vanishing. Many of these contracts in older facilities have expired or are approaching expiration. Private-equity firms with stakes in these plants are looking at […]

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