KINGSTON—The holiday tradition of gift giving came a bit early this year for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant due to the generosity of a sister TVA plant in Shawnee, Kentucky. And, though it wasn’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 stator—the stationary component of an electric generator—was determined to be beyond repair. Designed and built more than 50 years ago, modern replacement components aren’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 “gift.” 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…]