Ghent Stacker Foundation Replacement Project
E&W Works Around the Clock to Replace Foundation During Outage
Due to our extensive knowledge and experience with equipment foundations, when the replacement of an existing track bed and sub-surface drainage for an existing coal stacker in a 2,200 megawatt coal burning electrical power plant was needed during a scheduled outage, East & Westbrook was selected for critical management and work on this project.
The existing track bed was approximately 1,200 lineal feet which supported a 1.6 million pound stacking/conveying machine riding railroad ties and crane rails. The plant was spending a significant amount to routinely maintain and re-align tracks horizontally and vertically. Our charge was to locate the stacker to the near end of the rail line and systematically replace the subgrade drainage piping and install a 3’ thick x 45’ wide cast in place concrete equipment foundation with crane rails bolted to surface, aligned and epoxy grouted. This included installation of temporary belt tensioning tower, re-work of temporary controls, conveyor belt structure and all existing wash down piping. This work was successfully completed 3 weeks ahead of originally scheduled shut-down with no impact to electrical power production for the facility.