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Hillabee Generating Station to undergo major maintenance

Published 11:20am Monday, September 23, 2013

Exelon Generation Hillabee Generating Station will be experiencing a major outage starting next Saturday.
Plant manager David Gordon said that plant, which is a three-unit, 740 megawatt combined cycle plant, will be performing required maintenance repairs.
“We perform a maintenance outage every six months, but this type of outage only gets performed every five years,” Gordon said. “We will be performing a combustion turbine major, and we will also be pulling out turbine rotors out of units one and two.”
Gordon said that the two rotors will be shipped out, and two refurbished rotors will be rolling through town Oct. 9 and Oct. 13. The rotors will be shipped on a standard tractor trailer, he added, and shouldn’t disturb local traffic on their arrival.
The outage will run from Sept. 28 to Nov. 15. Alexander City residents will not experience any disruption in power supply, Gordon said, but they might notice local hotels and campgrounds filling up with contractors brought in to complete the repairs. Annual fall and spring maintenance outages usually bring in 50 or so contractors for a few weeks, but a major outage such as this will require significantly more manpower.
“We will hit the peak of the outage around Oct. 15-17 and will have about 200 contractors in town,” Gordon said.
In addition to rotor repairs, the plant will also be performing a generator foundation repair on unit 2, which will require the 200-ton generator to be lifted off its foundation and take about 30 days to complete.”
Gordon again emphasized that maintenance at the plant would not affect anyone’s power.
“People will see no impact in their ability to get power,” Gordon said. “As far as the community is concerned, it should be a positive. It will fill up local hotels and campgrounds, and local restaurants should see some extra business.”