Big Valley Power Generating Electricity
Big Valley California, May 16, 2005
Steam is being vented from the pipe, but no smoke!
Copyright 2005 BigValleyNews.net
Big Valley residents may have noticed smoke coming from the stack at
Big Valley Power L.L.C. and wondered what's going on. Today
during a plant visit, as I walked close to the plant I could hear the
hum of machinery and noticed water dripping in the cooling
towers. Inside the plant, the generator is spinning and making
electricity, but no smoke coming out of the stack, Why?
The smoke we saw last week, (less than I saw from trash piles during
Bieber Cleanup, but still visible) was a result of starting the boiler
fires going. The plant had not been up and running for several
years and getting the complex system going slowly (safely) and the fact
that the boiler fires were started with wood chips dampened by the
rain, made the startup generate enough smoke that Valley residents
noticed something happening.
Now that everything is up to temperature and burning properly, I could
see nothing coming out of the stack even when looking closely.
As of Saturday, May 14, the generator was spinning and some last minute
maintenance was taking place. Both cats (C-clamp and Partsroom)
were running around the generator room helping engineers with their
last minute tasks. It's a bit noisy there, but surprisingly very
little vibration. The place is quite warm because of the large
boilers next door.
Not only is the generator spinning, but all plant power is being
generated at the site. The only thing awaiting is P.G and E
approval to go on line, and as of this writing, it could happen any
minute. I'll let you know what happens as I find out.
Glen Zane, the operator of the plant states that the fire damaged
conveyor system is now being repaired in Redding and is expected to
back in service in June. Operations will be able to proceed using
a loader vehicle and backup systems already at the plant. Glen
expects that the plant will be connected to the electric grid and
supplying power to P.G. and E within a day or so.
Boss cat at the office keeping the boys busy.
To read previous items about Big Valley
- About the fire,recovery, April 14, 2005 CLICK HERE
- The report of the fire from April 7 2005
- A tour of Big Valley Power Plant CLICK HERE
- The original article about the plant of Feb 28 2005 CLICK HERE