TurbinePROs was chosen for Forrest Kerr, a 195 MW Hydroelectric project in British Columbia, Canada, the largest run-of-the-river power plant in North America to date.
TurbinePROs Rotating Equipment Services (R.E.S.) of Vancouver, B.C. was awarded the contract to install nine Andritz hydro turbines. The project is set in a remote area 1,000 km north of Vancouver at the edge of the Iskut River. The work takes place approximately 1 kilometer below ground with approximately 70 millwrights working together.
TurbinePROs R.E. Services was chosen for their expertise in developing procedures for installation, workforce management, and their specialized turbine tools that include a custom 2.5 x 20 m tool container, 2.5 x 3 m rigging container, hydraulic lamina drill, and hydraulic wrench sets. Brad McIntosh of TurbinePROs R.E.Services said: “A project like this takes a lot of specialized tools; it also takes a lot of expert manpower. We worked closely with B.C. business agents to develop the millwright workforce within three 3 weeks of award notice. Over 50 millwrights were brought in from across Canada.”
This run-of-the-river project will capture the immense energy of the river’s natural flow and elevation drop to produce and deliver clean, renewable power. It achieves British Columbia’s goal of energy self-sufficiency by 2016 and producing clean energy in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Due to deterioration and degradation of the original OEM unit, a run-of-the-river hydro plant sought an alternate solution to ensure optimal condition. TurbinePROs provided full refurbishment with engineering of a new head cover and manufacturing of new wicket gates. These modifications achieved greater output and enhanced operation post refurbishment compared to the original unit.
TurbinePROs has always been committed to our customers', employees', and entire project team's health and safety. Now, providing the safest, most productive services to power-generating facilities while minimizing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 is of paramount importance. We have worked diligently to develop solutions and protocol above and beyond the CDC's standard health and safety guidelines to mitigate Coronavirus infection while we are servicing critical plant components vital to infrastructure.
It is with great pride and gratitude that we thank every one of our team and those we work with on site who made 2018 the safest year in TurbinePROs' history.
The Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) is a mathematical calculation used by OSHA to define the number of employees per 100 full-time employees who have been involved in an OSHA-recordable injury or illness.