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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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Local 92 completes Chevron job injury-free

A shell section of a distillation tower (or fracturing tower) is set into place at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo, Calif., by L-92 members.  Photo courtesy of Nooter Construction.

Refinery offers more work to members when they complete project under budget, ahead of schedule

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 92 (Los Angeles) completed a 30-month job accident-free at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo, Calif., for Nooter Construction.

George Snyder, a 10-year Local 92 member and Nooter superintendent, said the two-and-one-half-year job included the construction of a 177-foot-tall, 32-foot-wide distillation tower, also known as a fracturing tower, which separates lighter and heavier fuels.

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L-193 members stack it up in Alexandria

Local 193 members use a 365-ton crane to move a new ductwork section into place at the Mirant power plant on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Va. Sections ranged in size from 19,000 to 41,000 pounds.

Ductwork demo/install work on Mirant power plant stacks is on schedule

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 193 (Baltimore) have been on the job in Alexandria, Va., since August 2008, replacing old ductwork at the Mirant Potomac River Generating Station. The job is expected to be completed in February.

Working for Riggs Distler & Co. Inc., the Boilermaker crew is replacing everything from the ID fan to the stack tie-in on five units. In all they will remove 650,000 pounds of scrap metal and install 690,000 pounds of new steel, working a total of 190,000 man-hours.

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