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TVA's Paradise Fossil Plant unit sets world record


From the February 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 1, 2013

One of the generation units at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant has set a world record for longest continuous run for its type.

On Jan. 12 at 12:37 a.m. CST, Paradise Unit 2 beat out the Paradise Unit 1 world record for longest continuous run for a sub-critical, cyclone-fired boiler at 255 days, eight hours and 50 minutes, TVA said. Paradise Unit 1 had held the record since 1993.

"It is a great distinction to surpass any industry record such as this," said Dennis Spencer, vice president of coal operations. "It makes me even more proud when the world record we break is a record held by another TVA unit. It demonstrates what we all know – our employees have the capability, willingness and passion to accomplish great things."

The record run began May 1, 2012, and during the run, Unit 2 generated 3.95 million megawatts, enough to power 371,128 homes in the Tennessee Valley.

"This level of performance cannot be achieved without the proper oversight and critical decisions from our corporate partners, as well as site employees," said Billy Sabin, Paradise assistant plant manager. Making sure these units stay online "means fixing the right things, prioritizing the right work and attention to detail when it comes to planning," he said. "We can’t allow ourselves to become complacent and daily activities cannot be considered ‘routine.’ That attention to detail can be the difference between a unit staying online and coming off."

Sabin said the Paradise plant also has broken several run records over the past year and logged its best-ever recordable injury rate. "Paradise employees should feel proud," he said. "It’s obvious that they have worked very hard, day in and day out, to continuously improve our performance."

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