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1,000 on job at Luminant Unit 4 work

Power plant overhaul: big impact on local economy
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor

If you maintain it, they will come.

Luminant does maintain its giant Sandow Power Plant and they have come to Rockdale, more than 1,000 contractors who began maintenance projects at Unit 4 this week.

Luminant can’t comment on its projects before they begin, citing competitive market forces who could use that information in advance, but it will provide information after such work begins.

“We currently have more than 1,000 contractors on site for projects relating to Sandow Unit 4,” Caroline Atkins, Luminant communications associate, told The Reporter.

“We are completing both standard maintenance projects, as well as working on our air quality control equipment and unit controls,” she said.

UNIT 5—Atkins said she could not reveal exactly how long the contractors will be on site but added, “I can tell you that as they complete projects on Unit 4, they will begin projects on Unit 5.”

“These will be standard projects well in advance of the summer months,” she said.

It’s the second consecutive year for a Luminant outage to draw a substantial work force to Rockdale and provide a much needed economic boost to the area.

Last year an outage in May drew 600 additional workers to Rockdale.

Earlier this year, Rockdale’s mobile home parks filled and the town’s pace picked up as contract workers came to town in advance of the next outage.

Many personnel were told in advance to expect the project to begin around the first week in March.


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