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Exira: Turbine-oil sampling improvements

Exira Station Owned by Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Operated by Missouri River Energy Services 140-MW, dual-fuel, three-unit, peaking facility located in Brayton, Iowa Plant manager: Ed Jackson Challenge. The best place to get a representative sample for oil analysis is from the engine bearings before fluid filtration, which removes particles that you need to know are …

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GTAA Cogen: Engineering improvement facilitates steam-turbine access

GTAA Cogen Plant Owned by Greater Toronto Airport Authority Operated by SNC Lavalin O&M 117-MW, gas-fired, combined-cycle cogeneration facility located in Mississauga, Ont, Canada Plant manager: Socrates Furtado Challenge. The plant’s Siemens steam turbine has an inline condenser with a nominal 20-in.-diam bolted manhole on top for inspection purposes. The approach to this manhole is restricted by …

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EVM I: Eliminating hazards in lubrication activities for turbine, generator fans

Energía del Valle de Mexico l Owned by EVM Energia SAPI de CV Operated by NAES Corp 100-MW, gas-fired, three simple-cycle LM6000PF gas turbines located near Mexico City Plant manager: Javier Badillo Challenge. EVM l was initially planned as a peaker plant but growing electric consumption forced operation 24/7 during months of high demand. This required that …

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Lawrence: Fuel-compartment wind block eliminates unit trips

Lawrence Generating Station Owned by Hoosier Energy (four units) and Wabash Valley Power Assn (two units) Operated by NAES Corp 258 MW, six simple-cycle LM6000 natural-gas-fired peaking units, located in Lawrence County, Ind, and connected to Hoosier’s 161-kV transmission line Plant manager: Robert VanDenburgh Fuel-compartment wind block eliminates unit trips Challenge. Lawrence County experienced several fuel/water compartment …

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Orange Grove: From toxic to excellent, focus on culture drives substantive change

Orange Grove Energy Owned by J-Power USA Operated by NAES Corp 96-MW, gas-fired, two-unit, peaking facility located in Pala, Calif Plant manager: John Hutson Challenge. Orange Grove Energy faced many obstacles in its first several years of operation. Examples: OGE had four plant managers within two years of commissioning, the entire hourly staff turned over in the …

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Worthington: The benefits of upgrading package lighting to LED

Worthington Generating Station Owned by Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Co-op Inc Operated by NAES Corp 174 MW, four simple-cycle LM6000 natural-gas-fired peaking units, located in Greene County, Ind, and connected to Hoosier’s 138-kV transmission line Plant manager: Robert VanDenburgh Challenge. The S&S packages for Worthington’s gas turbines have two lights that when working properly will illuminate the …

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Nesharim: Performance improvements projects for filter house and water-wash system

Nesharim Leading Energy Owned by Clal Industries Operated by Mashav Initiating and Development 120-MW, gas-fired, 2 × 1 combined cycle located in Ramla, Israel Plant manager: Kobi Ivenshitz Insulating filter house roof conserves energy Challenge. Nesharim’s filter house is installed over its gas turbines and doubles as a roof for the units. The upper portion of the …

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NVCA 1: Turbine-inlet evaporative cooler control

Nevada Cogeneration Associates No. 1 Owned by Northern Star Generation Services Operated by CAMS 90-MW, gas-fired, 3 × 1 LM2500-powered combined-cycle cogeneration facility located in Las Vegas, NV Plant manager: Howard Forepaugh Challenge. Nevada Cogen’s gas-turbine packages use an evaporative system to cool engine inlet air. There are two levels of inlet air flow. The original configuration …

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