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AmerenUE honors Local 27

AmerenUE plant manager David Strubberg (c.) presents a plaque in appreciation for a job well done to L-27 BM-ST William J. Noll (l.) and Donald Thurmond, lodge president and business rep. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune

MEMBERS OF ST. LOUIS Local 27 earned praise at their June meeting from David Strubberg, plant manager at the AmerenUE Rush Island Power Plant. Strubberg thanked the members for their outstanding performance, safety, and productivity during the plant’s annual spring equipment renovation in March.

Strubberg said there were no lost-time accidents or absenteeism during the 23-week project, which was finished days ahead of schedule. Local 27 members logged in over 140,000 man-hours working for contractors Nooter Construction and Scheck Industrial.

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L-1998 launches USNS Charles Drew

L-1998 member Robert Navarro uses a crane to position the “ways” (the launch ramp) for the USNS Charles Drew.

Navy awards additional contract, guaranteeing work through 2012

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 1998 (National City, Calif.) witnessed the successful launching of the USNS Charles Drew Feb. 27. It was the 10th in a series of 12 ships the members are building; the remaining two are in various stages of construction at the San Diego shipyard. But the best news of the day quickly followed: The Navy was awarding them another contract to increase the total number of ships to 14, guaranteeing them steady work through 2012.

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Mountaineer plant is first to capture and store CO2 onsite

This rooftop view of AEP’s Mountaineer plant in West Virginia shows the precipitator (at far left) that removes particulate matter. At the base of the stack, is the flue gas desulphurization unit (scrubber). At right is the base of the cooling tower.  Photo courtesy American Electric Power

L-667 members help retrofit advanced chilled ammonia technology

LAST SEPTEMBER, AMERICAN Electric Power’s (AEP’s) Mountaineer power plant in New Haven, W.Va., began doing something no other plant in the world has ever done. It began capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from a slipstream of exhaust flue gas and pumping it deep underground below the plant for permanent storage in a saline formation. The validation project required retrofitting an advanced chilled ammonia system to the existing coal-fired plant — work performed by members of Local 667 (Charleston, W.Va.) and other building trades.

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Local 580 earns recognition from crews of two Canadian naval vessels

Following a six-month deployment, the HMCS Ville de Quebec returns to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for routine maintenance work. Photo credit: MCpl Chris Connolly, Formation Imaging Services, CFB Halifax

Members have been repairing ships at FMFCS in Halifax since 1927

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 580 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) earned recognition in the August 2009 issue of The Newsletter, the official publication of the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott (FMFCS), for their repair work on two Canadian naval vessels: the HMCS Ville De Quebec, a Halifax-class frigate in service since 1993, and the HMCS Iroquois, an Iroquois-class destroyer active since 1972.

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L-154 nears completion of five-year clean-air project

Located in Stratton, Ohio, the site for the W.H. Sammis Power Plant covers 187 acres along the Ohio River between East Liverpool and Steubenville. Photo used with permission of FirstEnergy.

Retrofit to cut gas emissions at Ohio coal-fired plant

ONE OF THE largest-ever environmental retrofit projects for FirstEnergy is nearing completion at the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton, Ohio. Over 450 Local 154 (Pittsburgh) members, along with Boilermakers from neighboring lodges, have been working on the project in seven consecutive outages. With completion scheduled for 2010, the $1.7 billion retrofit is expected to further reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) by 95 percent and nitrogen oxide (NOx) by at least 64 percent.

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Rivals come together to build converter

Members of Louisiana L-37 and Florida L-433 stand in front of a converter they built, displaying flags of their favorite college teams.

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 37 (New Orleans) and 433 (Tampa, Fla.) are big supporters of their respective — and rival — state colleges: the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators. Yet they were able to put aside their differences for the common good — in this case, the fabrication of a converter and sulphur burner for Central Maintenance and Welding at the Mosaic Phosphates Plant, formerly known as the Uncle Sam Plant, in St. James, La.

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L-92 completes work on Otay Mesa generating project

Local 92 members erect stacks in front of the HRSGs they are building at the new Otay Mesa Energy Center in Southern California.

Power plant is first to be built in San Diego County in almost 30 years

NEARLY 100 MEMBERS of Local 92 (Los Angeles), along with 20 Boilermakers from neighboring lodges, have completed 26 months of work at a new generating project in San Diego County, Calif.

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L-28 members install ICE at Princeton

Working for AB&P Mechanical are Local 28 members, l. to r., Jason Verge (foreman), Chris Smith, Mike Plaia, and Chris Torrell.

New economizers are part of university’s energy conservation project

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 28 (Newark, N.J.) working for new Boilermaker contractor AB&P Mechanical completed a waste heat recovery system in July as part of an energy conservation project at Princeton University.

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Shorter work weeks can reduce unemployment

AS AMERICANS WATCH jobs disappear, economist Dean Baker says we could reduce unemployment if the federal government would offer tax incentives to employers who shorten their standard work week or work year.

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L-169 installs twin 550-ton coker drums

The second of two coker drums at the Marathon Oil Refinery in southwest Detroit is lowered into place. Photo by Terry Sullivan

Upgrade will increase petroleum refinery’s capabilities by 13,000 barrels a day

MEMBERS OF DETROIT Local 169 installed a pair of mammoth “coker drums” as part of the Marathon Petroleum Co.’s $2.2 billion Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (HUOP) at the firm’s 100,000-barrels-per-day Detroit refinery.

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