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Living and Working on the Road

Our power generation maintenance crews often have to work on remote job sites. For some locations, there might not even be a hotel or restaurant for miles. Here are some tips on how our crews make the most of their time on the road:

  • Explore alternate accommodations. Trying to live off (and not exceed) the per diem allowance can be a challenge, but there is nothing more depressing than a cheap motel. A number of our crew members purchase campers and park them at local camp grounds. They make up for the cramped kitchens by grilling out as often as possible.
  • Bring your own pillow. Even after a full day’s work, it can be difficult to sleep in unfamiliar surroundings – it feels like restful sleep is almost impossible to achieve. Invest in yourself and buy a top-of-the-line pillow – it makes a difference.
  • Recharge during your free time.  Working away from home gives you time to do the things that might otherwise seem like a luxury. In other words, make the most of your surroundings and go fishing every chance you get!

 

Being away from home and family during the week can be stressful. RUS appreciates the sacrifices that our crews make to get the job done.

 

Power Generation Services – RUS Fossil Division

Regional Utility Services, Inc. (RUS) is a mechanical contractor that has been supporting the fossil Power Generation industry for over ten years.

RUS provides full project solutions for our customers during plant operations and facility outages. Our team understands the challenges that fossil power plants face to meet their operational needs, and we pride ourselves on supporting our customers with turnkey solutions.

In order to exceed client expectations, RUS employs riggers, welders, pipefitters, operators and millwrights that are considered experts in their craft.  We get the job done efficiently (whether it be outage, preventative or corrective maintenance) within the demanding power plant environment. Our crews perform their assigned tasks with a “Safety First” mindset. Additionally, RUS provides preventive inspection services to identify pre-failure conditions so that scheduling can drive maintenance.

RUS is a “Balance of Plant” service provider. Our on-site inspection, repair, installation/replacement, fabrication and technical services capabilities include, but are not limited to, the following equipment:

Feeders, Coal Crushers, Ductwork, Pulverizers, Traveling Screens, Dampers, Exhausters, Slide Gates, Pumps, Fuel (Coal) Piping, Air Dryers, Process Piping, Conveying Systems, Trash Racks, Magnetic Couplings, Coal Bunkers, Boiler Feed Pipes, PVC Piping, HDPE Piping, Bag Houses, and Air Preheaters.

Here are a couple examples of the maintenance services we provide:

Pulverizer Gearbox Rebuild Services and Fuel Pipe Installation Services

Gearbox rebuild in process.

Pipe installation in a coal processing plant.

RUS also has an off-site fabrication/rebuild facility. Our off-site fabrication and rebuild services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fabrication: Platforms, Ladders, and Handrails

Rebuilds: Pulverizer Journals, Pulverizer Gearbox (Bushing Style), and Pumps

Note: If you don’t see a particular fabrication or rebuild service listed, please ask. We may very well have the capabilities required to perform that service.

If you are in need of a contractor to perform your fossil power generation plant maintenance, give RUS a call. It would be an honor to assist your team in maintaining your plant’s efficiency and availability at its highest possible level.

Rebuilding versus Purchasing New Equipment

Power generation companies often need to get their mills back up and running as quickly as possible, without the added complication of waiting for back-ordered equipment. Keeping spare replacement parts on hand is not always feasible, and unscheduled purchases of new equipment can take a real hit to a capital expenditure budget. It might be time for your company to consider rebuilt equipment as an efficient and affordable option. Call RUS today to see how we can help you. Click below to view the latest brochure on our journal rebuild program.

RUS Journal Rebuilds

Our Hydro-Electric Division – Preserving History

This camelback (in the RUS shop for scale removal, weld repairs, and preservation) is from one of the oldest continuously operating alternating current hydroelectric facilities in the United States. The Lower Pelzer Hydro plant was designed by Thomas Edison, and began generating power in 1895 on the Saluda River. What an honor to work on this important part of our country’s history!

The camelback is pictured post-restoration. According to Project Manager Jerry Moody, this piece of equipment is capable of performing in a hydroelectric plant for another 100 years.

RUS delivers complete solutions to the hydro industry, including major component replacements and balance of plant system maintenance. Our unique management approach ensures delivery of safe, cost-effective solutions resulting in improved plant performance and profitability for our customers.

RUS project managers deliver superior services through a hands-on approach, from the pre-bid process to the final closeout. Our team leaders provide critical oversight and reporting for our projects, and they offer value-added solutions through key partnerships with our customers. RUS is known for providing the highest quality hydro service solutions available.

HYDRO SERVICES CAPABILITIES:

1. Complete turbine inspection, replacement, and repair

2. Excitation upgrades (including collector ring inspection, replacement and repair)

3. Generator inspection, cleaning, testing (including field pole removal and replacement)

4. Head gate and head gear inspection, repair and replacement

5. Intake/outflow structures (flume lines, pen stocks, draft tubes) inspection, repair, replacement

6. Runner cavitation (stainless steel, cast iron, carbon) and flashing repair. 7. Power Plant upgrades, including demolition

If you are in need of a contractor to perform your Hydro-Electric plant maintenance (whether it be outage, preventative, or corrective), give RUS a call. It would be an honor to assist your team in maintaining your plant’s efficiency and availability at its highest possible level.