Beaver Valley Power Station, Shippingport, PennsylvaniaTop Plant: Nuclear plant owners understand the economic importance of squeezing every last megawatt-hour from their power generation assets and minimizing outage durations. When First Energy assumed operating responsibility for Beaver Valley, the plant's operating record was unspectacular, but today the plant has established itself as a routine top-quartile performer, thanks in part to its Full Potential Program.
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St. Lucie Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 2, Hutchinson Island, FloridaTop Plant: The team that handled this reactor vessel head and steam generator replacement project set a new industry standard for integrating a highly complex maintenance outage.
Acceptable alternatives to titanium tubingAs an alternative to titanium, consider highly alloyed stainless steels for your next tubing project.
Laser scanning produces 3-D plant databaseAdvanced computer design tools have merged with high-definition laser camera scan data to produce integrated images that are particularly useful for outage and maintenance planning.
Scenario training improves emergency response preparednessA key maxim of the military is "train like you fight, and fight like you train." The same applies to emergency response training, which should be a part of a…
Under construction in South AfricaThis summary of power generation projects is a web-only supplement to the November 2008 special report titled “Whistling in the dark: Inside South Africa’s power crisis.”
Whistling in the dark: Inside South Africa’s power crisisEskom's cautionary tale should remind those involved in the power industry anywhere in the world that past performance is not a guarantee of future success.
Workforce management lessons from women in power generationDo you have enough women working in your power plant? Forget for a moment equal opportunity laws. More important is the knowledge that the programs and culture changes that would make women more likely to consider a plant career are the same ones that would make it more attractive to many younger men.
How unconventional fields are powering Texas
In the 1980s, Houston wildcatter George Mitchell drilled the first well into the Barnett Shale formation that stretches through north and central Texas. He tapped into what would turn out to be one of the most prolific and valuable onshore natural gas reserves in the United States.