New Case Study - Joliet Generating Station

Joliet Generating Station

Challenging conditions could not hold back F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems' fire protection solutions. A fire event and unusual product specifications were no match for F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems' dedicated project managers and quick response time.


Generating Station with a Long History of Energy Distribution
In 1917, the United States was evolving. The nation declared war on Germany, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded, and energy generation was growing. It was the year Joliet Generating Station was originally erected. Forty-two years later, it was updated to the station that stands in Joliet, Illinois today. Joliet Generating Station is operated by Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of Edison Mission, a part of the Edison International family of companies. Edison International has a long history of bringing new and innovative technology to the energy generation industry. In fact, they built the first storm-resistant transmission lines in the late 1800s. Edison International, along with Joliet Generating Station, has an extensive record of supplying Americans with energy. On the weekend of April 14-15, 2012, a fire erupted at Joliet Generating Station, testing how prepared the station truly was against fire.

The Necessity of Supreme Fire Protection Solution Services
For the past three decades, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has serviced the fire protection solutions for Joliet Generating Station 29. On the weekend of April 14-15, 2012, an explosion tested their fire protection solutions. This fire was generated from Powder River Basin (PRB) coal in the breaker building. The fire erupted where two conveyors joined. When a coal-fired power plant combustion event occurs, this is a common cause because the conveyor easily creates friction, a heat source, generating a fire and possibly even an explosion.

On Monday, April 16, 2012, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems received a call from the facility to service the sprinklers that activated during the fire. Because the original system was installed in 1979, the sprinkler orifices were no longer the standard, making the replacement a difficult task.

PRB coal-fired power plants are extremely susceptible to fires. In January, 2007, ten people were injured in an Ohio coal-fired power plant fire. In November, 2007, three people were killed in a Massachusetts coal-fired power plant fire, and in February, 2009, six people were burned in a Wisconsin coal-fired power plant explosion. PRB Coal is volatile. It was imperative that F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems found a solution to quickly reduce the outage time and protect people, plant, and production.

Fire Protection Solutions Prevent Catastrophe
It is crucial for a coal-fired power plant to have functioning fire protection solutions at all times. That is why Joliet Generating Station chose F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems as their fire protection solution provider of choice. This proved to be a life saving decision when an explosion erupted thirty-three years after the initial installation and was immediately contained with the use of their wet-pipe sprinkler systems in the breaker building. Joliet Generating Station was meticulous about inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM), ensuring their solution was in peak condition when needed. Brian Harding, Regional Sales Manager said, "When you have a customer for over thirty years, it says a lot about your work ethic and knowledge without saying a word."

Equally important to quick sprinkler activation is having the fire protection solution back in premium working condition swiftly. Project Manager, Mike Kelly made it his priority to keep the outage time to a minimum. It is a priority for F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to keep detailed records of past drawings. When Kelly learned an explosion erupted, he was able to quickly find the original drawings and predict the difficulty of finding a replacement for the non-standard sprinkler head, enabling him to quickly begin the search process. To resolve the issue with the unusual orifice size, Kelly called supplier after supplier until he succeeded. He found a merchant in Texas that had a match. Kelly quickly ordered an overnight delivery and had a fitter at the plant the very next day, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, with the unique sprinkler heads in hand.

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems evaluated the system, locked it down, and discovered which sprinklers operated immediately. The activated sprinkler heads were replaced and back in working order promptly, resulting in minimum outage time.

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems Provides Solutions in Arduous Situation
With three decades dedicated to fire protection solutions for the high-risk, high-value industry, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems knew the importance of quickly alleviating the risks of a fire protection outage. With a quick response and endless dedication to fire protection solutions, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems and Joliet Generating Station worked together to ensure the station's fire protection solution was back in working condition promptly.

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