Fall Outage Begins with Safety at Fort Martin
September 14, 2018 -- An expo focusing on safety set the stage for the start of the Fort Martin power station’s Unit 2 outage. Workers traveled in small groups through a series of interactive displays, discussing such things as personal
protective equipment, electrical safety, asbestos awareness and – an area of current safety emphasis – Line of Fire awareness.
Fort Martin’s fall outage began in earnest over the weekend. But work on elements of the outage has been underway much of the summer. Among major outage projects is replacement of the Unit 2 cooling tower fill and the installation of drift eliminators to improve cooling efficiency.
“We’ve been manufacturing the fill panels on site for much of the summer,” said Construction Superintendent Barry Sochoka.
Other major outage projects include installation of a new layer of GORE material in the mercury absorption system, installation of new mist eliminators in the absorber, maintenance on Unit 2 main steam stop valves, turbine valve maintenance and an onsite refurbishment of the 2A boiler feed pump by Mobile Maintenance. The generator exciter will be removed and sent off site to General Electric for rewind and refurbishment.
Another important project is arc flash prevention and minimization work. Arc flash improvements were completed on Fort Martin Unit 1 during the 2017 fall outage, and work planned on Unit 2 during this outage is a Fossil Generation 2018 Top 10 Personal Safety project.
“This is a significant outage, with a strong focus on safety and maintenance,” said Dan Rossero, vice president, Fleet Operations. “This outage and our upcoming outage at Harrison next year underscore our
commitment to the future of these important regulated generation facilities.”
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