Only a few days after a disastrous fire which destroyed the fuel
feed conveyor and two buildings, Big Valley Power has removed the last
section of the damaged conveyor belt. As you can see in the above
picture, this job required heavy equipment and a specialized crew of
Not only is work being done to replace the conveyor, but recovery
from the loss of the two buildings which burned down resulting in the
loss of maintenance tools and equipment is being performed. A new
truck weighing scale is being installed. All indications are that
maximum effort is being placed in getting the plant operational.
An ironic twist of fate was that the last government permit allowing
for operation of the plant arrived at the office of the plant operators
on the day of the fire.
The good news is that no one was hurt due to the incident and I was
told to inform you that the cats, C-clamp and Parts-room are doing fine
although they were disturbed by all the smoke and activity.
Glen Zane, the operator of the plant says "Our intent is to start
boiler testing this week as planned. The scales are in place and
the electronics for them will be installed next week. About 1/2 the
conveyor damaged in the fire is in Redding at the steel fabricator's
shop being rebuilt."
From all appearances, Big Valley Power is wasting no time to recover
from the unfortunate incident which was a letdown to all.
To see the news item about the fire, Click Here!
To see "A tour of Big Valley Power" Click Here!