1,150 still on the job at Sandow project

Three-month outage providing economic boost for Rockdale are until end of May

The biggest economic boost in several years for the Rockdale area will continue for another month.

Luminant officials told an advisory panel recently the ongoing “major maintenance outage” at the Sandow Power Plant is targeted to last until May 29.

According to Diane Sheridan, facilitator for the Luminant Community Advisory Panel (LCAP), two Luminant officials discussed the ongoing project with LCAP members recently.

Steve Parker, generation director, and Curt Lightle, mine director, addressed the group.

Sheridan said the three-month outage began Feb. 29 and 1,150 contractors remain on the site.

“Work began in Sandow Power Plant Unit 4, which is 31 years old,” she said. “ The areas and processes where work is occurring include the turbine, control system, boiler, air pre-heater, precipitator hopper, Selective Catalytic Reduction system and bottom ash reduction.”

Sheridan said work includes parts replacement, rebuilding, inspection, repairs, catalyst replacement and more. She said large cranes are needed to lift parts as big as 36-by-18 feet.

According to Sheridan, the maintenance outage is a onceevery three-year task to make the power plants “more reliable and efficient.”

“ While the power plant is offline, the mine is building an inventory of coal and doing maintenance on one dragline, then the other,” she said.

SAFETY—The Luminant officials noted that as of April 8, mine workers had worked 189 days without an injury requiring a doctor’s intervention.

“The power plant has worked for one year without an injury as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),” she said.

Luminant personnel also made reports or responded to additional questions on issues including mine inspections, mining location, reclamation, future demand, fiscal health, and environmental performance.

“A member discovered that a noise recently heard near the crusher comes from filling a water truck when he heard the same noise during the meeting,” Sheridan said.

NEXT SESSION— LCAP meets again from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Sheridan said visitors are welcome. and details will be provided closer to the meeting date.

For more information, contact Sheridan at 800-484-9212 code 4127 or

Local residents may also contact LCAP member Bob Wilson at 512/446-5700 or John Hughes at 512/947-3857.

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