Oct 20, 2008

Since I have some new readers, I am going to include some non-big brother details here. On September 20th, Unit 1 of our facility experienced a failure, and the power plant will be off for an undetermined period of time.

The real reason for this repeat entry today is that this forced outage has "Dragged me In." Starting Thursday, I will be in the Outage Control Center, in a four 12-hour day on, four 12-hour day off schedule. This sounds good, except that during the four off days, I get to make sure my regular job continues. Luckily, my counterpart (who does the other four days) and his organizational support ensured that my early November business trip, Thanksgiving trip to visit my Mom, and our early January Vegas trip are all unaffected. So, over the next several months, I will need to be selective in my comments and entries. It is not because I do not care Spotters, it is because I do not have time [apology provided in advance :o)]

Some of the Original Text Starts Below:

Due to the serious nature of this event, and the fact that the low pressure turbines were replaced in 2006, and legal and insurance issues, I can not give any details beyond the below press release. The picture is of a typical turbine steam path for a power plant. This is a huge impact to our plant and our company, as a single unit power replacement cost is in the neighborhood of $500K to $1M per day.

Damage occurred to our plant on September 20th. Damage to the turbines and generator from the fire is minimal, but vibrations did damage the low pressure turbines, bearing supports and some steam piping.

The cause of the vibrations is believed to be an imbalance from the loss of turbine rotor blades.
Hydrogen is used in a closed system to keep the generator cool during operation and the seals that contain the hydrogen were likely damaged by the vibrations.

“We know how to fix and operate equipment, but we are most gratified that there were no personal injuries as a result of the incident.” Our plant operations crews, fire brigade, security officers and other emergency responders all performed well. We are also very appreciative of the excellent response and support of local fire fighters and law enforcement.

An estimate for returning the unit to service will be made after the turbine casings are removed and the turbines fully inspected. It is expected to take about one to three weeks to complete turbine inspections.

The generator is in the Turbine Building and is separate from the nuclear reactor that is located in the Containment Building. The nuclear systems were unaffected by the generator fire.


  1. Ken, it sounds like you'll be extremely busy. Get here when you can, and don't worry about it.
    Take care of your busy self!
    :) Leigh

  2. Well, that's ok! When you are busy you gotta do what you gotta do!

    be well...

  3. We'll get through this like every other outage, my dear, and I know everyone will understand. I'm glad you were able to work it out that our upcoming short trips won't be affected.


  4. I know you'll be here when you can... I had a question, but I'll just ask Beth. = )


  5. Wow, sounds serious! Hope all goes well and has a happy outcome.


  6. Ken,

    I know life is what it is sometimes, and will understand. Just don't overdo it, and enjoy your time with Beth. I know all will go well, and you will be able to enjoy yourself on your trips.
    Safety first right, so you guys get that plant back to normal. Please take time for you, and keep safe!

    Blessed Be,

  7. Are you safe? Stay alert and we will be on stand-by-Dannelle

  8. Sometimes real life takes over and we have to concentrate on that 24/7
    I totally understand as I have times that I have to step away too. Do what you have to, you will be missed, but I imagine we will all be here when you get back. :) Kelly

  9. I've often said I don't know how people who work keep up with all the blogs. I'm at home 90% of the time and it's all I can do to stay current. Glad it's not messing up your trips.
    Hugs, Joyce

  10. I sure understand if you don't have the time to make the rounds & comment, it does take quite a bit of time.

    With your hectic schedule be sure to take care of yourself...don't get run down from overworking.

    Good luck with the repairs to the unit.

  11. I totally understand...and don't be worrying about hitting my blog at all. I'll still be here when your life gets back to normal. Hope you can get everything straightened out there...

    Pooh Hugs,

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!




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