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Wolf Hollow is currently constructing a 1,100 megawatt expansion to their existing generation capacity
Prior to full operations, site teams must conduct first-time events including gas line air and steamblow tests. These tests are required to ensure all operating systems are working properly and tooptimize units prior to them going online
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has granted Exelon Generation an Air Permit to begin operational testing at Wolf Hollow Stations of the new GE gas turbines to ensure the emissions complies with all state and federal ambient air quality standards
Testing is currently scheduled to begin on November 30th and could potentially conclude April 2017
Commissioning scheduled for summer 2017
First Fire - "First Fire" means that the gas turbine is started and accelerated to full speed. It also demonstrates that all gas turbine systems, including fuel delivery, ignition, and rotor dynamics, and its software are functioning properly. This process helps to ensure long-term safety of the equipment.
What should we expect to hear or see during the First Fire testing?
Steam blows - Blowing steam through piping to remove debris from the system also tests the system for possible leaks, another measure to ensure safety
Gas Line Air Blows - use compressed air to clean the supply gas lines. Compressed air is stored in a tank and released rapidly thru the gas supply pipe(s). The compressed air releases are very short in nature - typically 4-6 seconds. Hearing protection is required of employees during this process and it occurs approximately 30-60 days before first fire of the units. It is important to note we do not use natural gas during this process and that we release ONLY compressed air very quickly.
The testing of the units will not pose health, or environmental concerns or risks to the community. Exelon complies with all applicable permitting to ensure testing is compliant within state and federal laws.
Has or will Exelon Generation take the necessary steps to ensure the public isaware of testing?
Outreach will consist of:
Regional Communications Manager