1,200 on the job at Sandow 4

About 1,200 people are on the job at Luminant’s Sandow Power Plant Unit 4 this week,

Unit 4 is down for the installation of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system which was part of an anti-pollution suit settlement between Alcoa and three citizens groups.

Ashley Monts, Luminant spokesperson, confirmed the outage began on Monday.

Fluor has made job offers to about 1,000 workers, according to Brian Mershon, company media relations manager.

About 200 Babcock-Wilcox employees are involved in the project, according to Ryan Cornell of Babcock & Wilcox.

Not 1,400

Earlier Luminant had estimated a peak of 1,400 workers would be at Sandow by mid-February.

“That figure also includes the roughly 250 Luminant employees who already work at Sandow Power Plant,” Monts said.

“About three-fourths of the Fluor employees are people who have worked for us before,” Mershon said.

Operational by June

Luminant won’t give the ending date of the project but the phrase “two months” keeps popping up in conversations associated with the work.

Industry analysts have estimated the work will last from February to April.

Monts said the new equipment is expected to be operational by June 1 but that does not mean the outage is anticipated to last that long.

SCR has been compared to the catalytic converter on a vehicle.

Combustion gas is injected with an ammoniaforming chemical which then passes through a catalyst which converts nitrogen oxide (NOX) to nitrogen and water.

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