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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bad day at the power plant

I've had the good fortune to avoid involvement in accidents involving serious injury or fatalities, although I've lost some friends and acquaintances. The energies involved in electrical generation are almost incomprehensible when they are uncontrolled. Here are a few pictures I've acquired over the years.

Below: During commisioning the construction crew needed to perform a 'gas blow' to remove welding slag from a new pipeline prior to placing it in service. The gas ignited and set fire to the gas turbine inlet filter.

Below: A series of three pictures showing the aftermath of a boiler 'puff' - an internal explosion of combustibles. Note how far the structural steel was thrown from the boiler.

More to follow...

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