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Technical articles on all aspects of power plant operation, preventive and predictive maintenance, planned and unplanned outages

O&M staff keep their cool at Alaskan plant
O&M staff keep their cool at Alaskan plant

The name "Alaska" comes from the Aleut word "alaxsxaq," meaning "an object toward which the action of the sea is directed," in this case the Alaska Peninsula. But alaxsxaq is…



How leaking valves drain profits
How leaking valves drain profits

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY How leaking valves drain profits Identifying and then repairing leaky steam- and water-cycle isolation valves is a quick and cost-effective way to improve plant efficiency. Despite the obvious opportunities…


Focus on O&M (February 2006)

MECHANICAL CFB refractory repair Refractory, the heat-resistant materials that line the inside of most furnaces, are an important component of any steam generator because they protect expensive and vital parts…


Duck and cover!

FACILITIES MAINTENANCE Duck and cover! Tippi Hedren learned the hard way—in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic, "The Birds"—the damage that a flock of angry seagulls can do. But what do you do…


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ENERGY RECOVERY Using a pump as a hydraulic turbine In Baytown, Texas, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. operates a world-class cryogenic distillation air separation plant that produces up to 2,600…