Board of Water and Light installs $4.7M steam turbine and generator

Progress continues on the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s REO Town Cogeneration Plant. In October, a $4.7 million steam turbine and generator was installed.

“The installation went off without a hitch,” says Stephen Serkaian of BWL. “A crane lift of an 80 ton piece of equipment is no easy task. But with the skill of heavy equipment operating engineers and skilled construction trades men and women, the turbine and generator are now in place to generate up 14 megawatts of electricity when fully operational.”
 
Once operational, a natural gas-fired combustion turbine electrical generation process will create waste heat, which will be converted into steam and be distributed to BWL steam customers. Then, the new steam turbine generator will convert any excess steam into additional electricity at high efficient rate. 
 
“It was the installation of the last major piece of equipment in the Cogeneration Plant,” says Serkaian, “that will generate up to 300,000 pounds of steam per hour and 100,000 megawatts of electricity per hour when fully operational.” 

The $182 million plant is scheduled to begin operations on July 1, 2013. The facility will also function as the BWL’s headquarters, housing approximately 180 employees. The headquarters will open in the fall of 2013. 
 
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