O&M

Southern California Edison?s Huntington Beach generating station recently underwent two sets of dye dilution flow studies on its Unit 2 circulating water pumps. Testing was conducted by Dye Flow Technologies. The first tests evaluated the full-flow performance of the two pumps and identified deficiencies requiring maintenance (see graph). Results revealed flow rates substantially below the manufacturer?s flow curve when graphed with the head generated during the test.
Coal

Remote condition monitoring has saved more than $650,000 in downtime, personnel time and materials during the first 18 months of operation for Lone Star Energy Corp.`s Encogen Four power plant in Buffalo, N.Y. Cost to the plant for hardware, fees and training associated with the monitoring system was $35,000.
O&M

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. recently installed a large-scale flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system at its Milliken Station in Lansing, N.Y. The system, which includes twin fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) flues suspended in a steel chimney, removes sulfur dioxide from the flue gas, turning it into gypsum for the coal-fired generating plant. International Chimney Corp., Williamsville, N.Y., was contracted to design and install the outer shell of the steel chimney, which is 40 feet in diam
Coal

In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which brought 1,240 mile-per-hour winds into southern Florida, 1.4 million Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) customers were without electricity. Not only were the lines down, but many generating plants also suffered damage, including Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The hurricane wiped out a 100,000 gallon elevated water tower, a 500,000 gallon water storage tank, city water supply piping, three service water pumps, four raw water pumps and a fire water pump.