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L-83 Boilermakers shine on Jeffrey Energy Center outages

Boilermakers position a reheat outlet header onto a trolley assembly. Left to right, Vitaliy Shevchenko, Vasiliy Shevchenko, Charlie Clark, Jared Brindley and Wade Adams.

Members replace re-heat outlet headers, air heater baskets

LOCAL 83 (KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI) Boilermakers employed by Day & Zimmermann are demonstrating their skills at Westar Energy’s Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys, Kansas, where crews are working the spring outage on Unit 1. The job follows on the heels of the Unit 2 fall outage, successfully completed late last year. Jeffrey Energy Center is the largest fossil power generation plant in Kansas, with three units rated at a combined 2,155 MW.

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Locals  L-83
Reporter  V56N1

L-359 completes work on $4.8 billion aluminum smelter upgrade

The Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter at Kitimat, British Columbia. Courtesy Rio Tinto Alcan

Rio Tinto’s Kitimat plant ups production, cuts pollution

THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY has been a primary economic driver for the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, for some 60 years. But the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter located there — featured in National Geographic as the largest in the world when it was built in the 1950s — was due for an upgrade to modernize its operations and reduce environmental emissions.

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Locals  L-359
Reporter  V55N1

Boilermakers help build $1B TVA gas plant in Kentucky

Local 40’s Stephen Small welds a seam on the “skin” of a HRSG.

Combined cycle generation will replace two coal units at Paradise

CONSTRUCTION IS ADVANCING steadily on a $1 billion combined cycle gas turbine plant adjacent to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. The gas plant will replace two coal-fired units com- pleted in 1963 at the Paradise facility. A third coal-fired unit at the site, completed in 1970, will remain operational.

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Locals  L-40
Reporter  V54N4

L-169 members help build CHP gas plant

Brandon Bittrick, L-169, works on the bottom section of an exhaust stack at the Holland Energy Park.. Photos by Marty Mulcahy, The Building Tradesman

Facility will generate electricity, melt snow

EIGHTEEN MEMBERS OF Local 169 (Detroit) are among the building trade workers constructing a $240 million combined cycle plant in Holland, Mich., a community of 28,000 in the state’s western Lower Peninsula. The new plant, situated on about 26 acres, will replace and double the output of the aging James DeYoung coal-fired facility, which was completed in 1939.

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Locals  L-169
Reporter  V55N1

Local 27, Nooter complete complex boiler overhaul in record time

CAREFULLY – The new, five-story superheater header is hoisted by Boilermakers Local 27 members through an opening cut into the side of the building where the 17-story boiler is located.

Crews work 23-million man-hours without an injury

HOW DO YOU remove a worn out, five-story, 59,000-pound cylinder with 141 attached tubes from a 17-story boiler at Ameren Missouri’s Labadie power plant and out of the building housing it when the 40-year-old equipment was never intended to be removed in the first place? And then reverse the process to re-install new equipment?

Answer: You call on Nooter Construction and the skilled members of Boilermakers Local 27, who provide:

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Locals  L-27
Reporter  V54N2

Magazines name two Boilermaker-worked projects best of 2014

Boundary Dam, Ivanpah receive international honors

ENERGY INDUSTRY MAGAZINES Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World have chosen two projects worked by Boilermakers as “projects of the year” for 2014. The SaskPower Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project won in the coal category; Ivanpah solar thermal took the top honor in the renewables category. Both projects were featured previously in the Reporter.

Locals  L-92, L-555
Reporter  V54N1

SaskPower to capture 90% of Unit 3 CO2 at Boundary Dam plant

An aerial photograph of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station. The new carbon capture and storage complex is shown at far right. SaskPower

L-555 has key role in first-of-a-kind CCS project

GLOBAL ENERGY INTERESTS are keeping a close eye on operations at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan these days, now that SaskPower has begun operating its rebuilt coal-fired Unit 3 with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capability.

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Locals  L-555
Reporter  V53N4

L-169 retrofits air quality systems at two Michigan plants

Local 169 members (l-r) Branden Dormire, Chris Larose, Kevin Mackenzie, Ben Ryers and Brian Smith pause near the lime prep and byproducts disposal area, part of the new spray dry absorber system. Photos by Marty Mulcahy, The Building Tradesman

Consumers Energy adds spray dry absorbers for SO2 removal

BOILERMAKERS FROM Local 169 (Detroit) are completing work at two Consumers Energy coal-fired power plants in Michigan to retrofit air quality control systems. Work is underway on both sides of the state: at the Karn-Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City in the east, and at the J. H. Campbell complex near Port Sheldon in the west. Both projects involve installing spray dry absorbers to remove sulfur dioxide (SO2) from flue gas before it reaches the stack.

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Locals  L-169
Reporter  V53N3

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

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