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EIGHT-MONTH, $54 MILLION PROJECT UNDERWAY AT PE'S EDDYSTONE STATION

 EIGHT-MONTH, $54 MILLION PROJECT UNDERWAY AT PE'S EDDYSTONE STATION
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) began this week a major maintenance project at its Eddystone Generating Station in Delaware County that will extend the station's operation into the next century.
 The project, involving the refurbishment of the station's Unit 2, represents PE's largest and most comprehensive outage ever at a non- nuclear generating station.
 It will cost $54 million, last eight months, and involve 200 company personnel and more than 300 contractors.
 The project involves rebuilding the unit's boiler water wall, replacement of boiler feedwater pumps, an overhaul of the main turbine- generator, upgrades to various environmental protection equipment, and a lengthy list of inspections and improvements.
 Eddystone, located just south of Philadelphia along the Delaware River, is PE's largest fossil-fueled power plant capable of nearly 1,500 megawatts (mw) of electric production. Unit 2, one of four units, has a 328-mw maximum generating capacity. It began operation in 1960.
 Corbin A. McNeill Jr., PE president and chief operating officer, said, "This project represents a strong investment in the future of Eddystone, and will maintain a strong industrial presence along the Delaware River waterfront.
 "This work enhances Unit 2's future operation, maintaining our operating reserve and deferring the need for construction of any new generation," he said.
 McNeill said the project enables Unit 2 operation until 2015 and is a key component of PE's least cost plan to maintain long-term reliable electric service. The Eddystone refurbishing is one of several strategies noted in the company's Integrated Resource Plan submitted to the state Public Utility Commission, which the Unit 2 overhaul will allow the company to delay any new generating capacity construction until at least 2004.
 Mark Rohner, Eddystone outage manager, said the project -- in addition to being the lengthiest planned outage in Eddystone's history -- is quite unique.
 Rohner said the most significant aspect of the project is the $23 million replacement of the boiler water walls, comprised of 32 miles of alloy steel tubing that forms six-story walls around both boiler furnaces. The new tubing is American made, manufactured in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The boiler water wall replacement will employ about 250 skilled craftsmen over a 30-week period.
 Coal burned inside the boiler heats water moving through the tubing into steam, which drives the turbine-generator.
 Rohner said a second aspect of the outage involves the $7.5 million replacement of four boiler feed pumps, which circulate water from the condenser through the boiler.
 Another portion of the project is a $6 million overhaul of the main turbine-generator, including the disassembly, inspection and maintenance of six sections of the turbine, installation of a new rotor, and restoration of the super pressure section.
 The company allocated $2 million toward an upgrade and maintenance of the pollution abatement equipment, known as "scrubbers," which were installed in the early-1980s to substantially reduce sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions from the plant. The scrubbers reduce plant emissions by more than 90 percent and maintain air quality exceeding federal standards. Also planned are improvements to the fly ash and waste-water treatment systems.
 The outage also includes about $15 million in routine inspections, maintenance, and certain modifications and capital improvements to ensure reliable long-term operation.
 Eddystone's Unit 1, also a coal-fired unit with scrubbers, is unaffected by the outage. A prototype high-pressure, high-temperature unit, it is recognized as one of the most efficient fossil-fuel generators in the world.
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