Bg&e Delays Plant Cleaning

December 14, 1990|By Staff report

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has delayed its "steam blow" cleaning of the boiler and piping at the Brandon II coal-burning power plant until after Christmas, spokesman John Metzger said.

The process, in which high-pressure steam is sent through the system to ensure that the boiler and piping are free of rust and debris, was originally scheduled to begin today but was delayed until more work could be done on the plant.

Engineers have begun testing and tuning the coal-burning generator, scheduled to open May 31. The delay in the cleaning should not delay the scheduled opening, Metzger said.

Before the steam is released into the atmosphere, it will be channeled into four tanks, which both muffle the sound of the cleaning operation and collect solid waste particles.

The cleaning will take up to three weeks, producing a whistling noise weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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