McIntosh 3 planned outage coming to an end.
· After a planned outage at the McIntosh Unit 3 power plant, Lakeland Electric and the City of Lakeland are happy to announce the plant will begin restart this week. Last month, Lakeland Electric Engineers determined some McIntosh Unit 3 Power Plant electrical equipment perform exactly as they should in a normal operating condition, but do not meet the rating requirements for some of the most extreme emergency electric events, such as power cable failure or severe motor failure.
· A three stage mitigation plan was put into place.
o Immediate Solution: The safety of the workers at the power plant was addressed by first making them aware of the concern as a group and then individually. A new Enhanced Electrical Safety Procedure was created, addressing the concerns related to the equipment. Employees that must work in the vicinity of the equipment were identified and those not required to work in these areas were restricted. Finally, the areas in question were signed with enhanced safety practices signage and areas around the underrated equipment will be cordoned off when performing scheduled maintenance.
o Intermediate Solution: Some of the circuit breakers were replaced due to the close proximity where plant operating personnel work and additional relays were added at a cost of $58,085.98.
o Permanent Solution: A consultant was hired at a cost of $280,000 to develop a long-term solution by Fall 2016.
· This issue does not impact our customers’ safety and it is anticipated that the expenses will be covered by our normal, projected spending plans.