K-Tec puts its energies into the new Ohio power plant

Already in place K-Tec scrapers in Ohio. The Guernsey Power Station, natural gas-fired energy generation facility in southern Guernsey County will sell wholesale power to the energy grid. The project will create hundreds of jobs during the anticipated 30-month construction period.

A $1.6 billion project will give birth to a power plant with a capacity of 1,850 megawatts in an estimated working time of two and a half years. Guernsey Power Station is under construction over what is currently an old abandoned coal mine.

Before proceeding with the construction of the power plant, the crew must finish sealing acres of cavities left behind by the previous property owner. On operation already, an all-terrain dump truck moves excavated soils on the Guernsey Power Station site. The angle drilling rig assists crews in sealing acres of cavities left behind by the previous property owner. This drill rig is used for drilling mine mitigation holes. An excavator with soil compaction plate attachment is ready to go to work on the Guernsey Power Station project site.

Source: K-Tec

The grout batch plant is ready for mine mitigation. A grout pump truck fills in the voids with cement so the power plant has a sturdy foundation to sit on.

Once that is complete, they’ll get to work on the foundation, but even that has an unusual twist to it — local roads and bridges are off limits. Instead, they’ll transport the main centerline equipment — generator, gas turbine, steam turbine and transformers — by rail. They’ll also bring in man lifts; fork lifts; gantry hydraulic cranes; heavy-lift lattice cranes; loaders; and a Goldhofer multi-axle heavy load mover.

Said Curtis Wilkerson, spokesman of Orion Strategies:

“aT THE TIME THE OPERATORS Are injecting cement into the cavities to ensure there will be a strong base for the power plant to be built upon.”

The task involves the use of grout pumps, track hoes, drills, a 150-ton crane, loaders, scrapers, motor graders, a water truck and off-road trucks and street sweepers.

Guernsey Power Station Natural Gas Power Plant Construction

The facility will use combined cycle technology and a dry air cooling system, similar to a jet engine. The phrase-combined cycle is inside the power plant; the main generator is a turbine. When gas goes through it it’s like a huge jet engine. It burns fuels, spins turbines and creates energy. They take that heat from the exhaust and utilize that to put into a Heat Recovery Steam Generator [HRZOG], which heats water, creating steam and spinning another generator in order to create a second level of power.

“Local workers and businesses are stepping up to meet plant construction and operation needs such as natural gas supply; readily available construction; maintenance and safety equipment; and ongoing plant operations. The anticipated annual plant maintenance budget is $20 million, with at least half of that being spent locally.”

The project will create hundreds of jobs during the anticipated 30-month construction period. Once complete, the plant will require highly-skilled professionals to run the facility and provide regular maintenance. The plant also will partner with local communities, generating additional revenue for the Village of Byesville, which has agreed to provide water and services for the new plant.

Source: K-Tec