Main powerhouse shutdown
Around the beginning of each year, some of the trades undertake the annual power house shut down. This entails turning everything in the main power house (MPH) off, and firing up the emergency power house (EPH) to support the station's power and heating needs.
Once the Sparkies and Plumbers are satisfied that everything is working as it should, the Diesos and Sparkies start tearing the MPH to bits.
Engines are dismantled and any repairs needed are carried out. Everything gets serviced and given the thumbs up for another 12 months. This year the number 2 engine had come to the end of its service life and was changed for a new engine. Alternators are removed and overhauled. Every inch of wiring gets inspected and tested for faults. The eastern wall comes off the building and all the oil drums for the year to come are jammed into their allotted space.
Plumbers remove leaking pipe work and inspect coolers and heat exchangers. They also had the most important job of inspecting and testing the Hifog fire system for any faults. Lucky for us, it all works.
When we’ve completed all the repairs and we’re happy it will work, the Dieso’s fire up the engines and check the cooling systems are working properly and that nothing is leaking. The Sparkies do their electrical testing, checking the alternators are doing the right thing and producing good power.
Three weeks of work fly by before we are finally ready to switch back to the MPH and turn off the EPH but it all pays off and the lights are still on. That’s a win in my book!
Thanks to the Electricians and Plumbers for all their work.
Mike Kennard (and the rest of Team Dieso)