KINGSTONâ€”The holiday tradition of gift giving came a bit early this year for the Tennessee Valley Authorityâ€™sÂ Kingston Fossil PlantÂ due to the generosity of a sister TVA plant in Shawnee, Kentucky. And, though it wasnâ€™t Santa performing the delivery, the 200-ton generator stator made a significant journey involving the hard work of many.
During a maintenance outage at Kingston Unit 1, the existing statorâ€”the stationary component of an electric generatorâ€”was determined to be beyond repair. Designed and built more than 50 years ago, modern replacement components arenâ€™t available, so the Kingston team was looking at the possibility of a complete generator replacement.
When the TVA team at Shawnee heard about the challenges at Kingston, they realized they had the perfect â€œgift.â€ Unit 10 at the Shawnee plant was retired four years ago, but had the same Siemens-Westinghouse generator as Kingston, and it was still in operating condition. [Read more…]