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Massive Whiting refinery upgrade goes online

Evening shot of BP’s reconfigured 12 Pipestill unit. The new 166-ft.-tall vacuum tower is in the foreground.  Photo courtesy of BP.

BP’s $4.2 billion private investment is largest in Indiana history

VIRTUALLY ALL OF the Boilermakers working the massive upgrade to the BP Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana have gone home or moved on to other jobsites, but the skills they brought and the work they performed at the sprawling plant just south of Chicago will yield production improvements for years to come.

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Locals  L-1, L-40, L-60, L-374
Reporter  V53N1

Harsco cites L-397 member for robotics

Ed Warner checks out a new robotic weld cell.

HARSCO INDUSTRIAL Patterson-Kelley has been manufacturing heat transfer products for over 130 years. The Compact Water Heater product line has been part of the product offering for over 40 years and has most recently been the focus of continuous improvement. A robotic weld cell was purchased to improve speed, quality, and repeatability in the manufacturing process. The project started nearly two years ago with Ed Warner, a member of Boilermakers Local Lodge 397 with over 25 years of service, leading the effort.

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Locals  L-397
Reporter  V52N3

Canadian, U.S. members complete Oil Sands outage

The night shift crew shows its pride. L. to r., Denis Lafleur, L-146; Syncrude Coordinator Alwyn Reese; Mike Queen, L-128; Michael Shelton, L-263; Gary Joy, L-667; John Eagle, L-73; Anthony Carlton, L-128; Mike Bragg, L-667; Steve Myers, L-83; Ulysse Godin, L-73; Fred Davis, L-11; Bill Wallace, L-359; Jason Forman, L-105, Brent Bell, L-105; Brent Bernosky, L-359; Larry Brown, L-191; Diandra Tompkins, L-128; Ryan Woods, L-110; Allard Lanteine, L-73; John Allen, L-263; Darren Robicheau, L-73; Greg McCarthy, L

Boilermakers from 15 lodges work together on major Syncrude job

THE SPRING 2012 Syncrude outage in Fort McMurray, Alberta, was significant for several reasons, according to L-146 (Edmonton) member Denis Lafleur. First, it was one of the largest outages in the Oil Sands region, involving work on Syncrude’s 37-1 plant that included two furnaces and a 256-ft. vacuum tower (one of the world’s largest). Second, the successful project brought together field construction Boilermakers from 15 locals on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.

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Reporter  V52N2

Steel fabricator thrives with Boilermaker craftsmen

L-84 officers and stewards stand among slug catcher manifold sections in the loading yard. L. to r., Brent Mitzner, president; Philip Slater, steward; Doug Damron, secretary-treasurer; Bob Wheeler, recording secretary; Nathan Eichorn, steward; and Jeremy Wright, steward. Not pictured are Brian Haight, vice president, and Josh Dilliner, inspector.

Taylor Forge slug catchers reach global market

AMERICAN MANUFACTURING has taken its lumps in recent decades, but one steel fabrication company located in rural Kansas has kept busy exporting quality, union-made products to customers around the world.

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Locals  L-83, L-84

L-363 helps build $3.8 billion refinery expansion

The Phillips 66 Wood River refinery at night. At left is the new four-drum coker unit. All photos courtesy Phillips 66

Phillips 66 project raises heavy Canadian crude capacity 200 percent

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 363 (East St. Louis) and sister locals played a major role in a $3.8 billion, three-year expansion of the Phillips 66 Wood River oil refinery in Roxana, Ill. Referred to as CORE (Coker and Refinery Expansion), the project was completed and started up in November 2011.

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Locals  L-363
Reporter  V51N4

Boilermakers help build world’s largest solar thermal facility

Main steward Bob Furnish stands below the unit 1 tower at Ivanpah. The boiler sits atop the tower and is coated with a black, heat-absorbing material.  Photo by Chris Farina Photography

L-92 leads critical work at innovative Ivanpah Valley project

RISING FROM THE floor of California’s Mojave Desert, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System’s three 459-foot towers resemble missile launch pads. They are the most visible features of a 3,600-acre development that will use focused sunlight to turn water to steam and steam to electricity.

Locals  L-92

$70 million project brings upgrades to Colstrip plant

Billings Gazette story cites coal generation hurdles

Local 104 member Valentin Litvinenko replaces brass tubing with titanium tubes in a tube sheet, which is part of a condenser.

More than 500 workers busy refurbishing massive boiler in Unit 1

COLSTRIP — Jason Small says a $70 million renovation of Unit 1 of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station translates into steady work for hundreds of people like him.

“If you're a craftsman and a boilermaker, you count on these outages for a primary source of income,” Small said. “The bigger (the project) the better for us. This is our bread and butter.”

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Locals  L-11, L-104

Members build tube liners for Ohio River hydro plant

Water from the Ohio River will rush into the hydro tube liners, turning the powe

$416 million project will generate renewable energy

ABOUT TWO DOZEN Boilermakers are working under National Transient Division articles of agreement to build draft tube liners for the $416 million, 84-MW Cannelton Hydroelectric Plant near Hawesville, Ky.

National Steel Erection, Inc. (NSE) has the contract for the liners. Each is 30 feet in diameter and 60 feet long. Their function is to direct water from the Ohio River through turbines, turning generators to produce electricity. The project adjoins the existing Cannelton Locks and Dam.

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Locals  L-40, L-363
Reporter  V51N1

Boilermakers excel at Prairie State power plant build

Massive project brings five million man-hours to Local 363 jurisdiction

THE LARGEST COAL-FIRED power plant currently being built in the United States is taking shape in southern Illinois, and Boilermakers from across the country are playing a leading role in its construction.

Locals  L-363
Reporter  V50N2

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