Customer: Guadalupe Power Plant
Location: Marion, Texas
Customer Requirement: Temporary power for scheduled maintenance
Scope of Supply: Equipment –
Three Cat XQ2000 Power Modules
Three 4160-volt transformers
Three 4160-volt disconnect switches
Three-quarters of a mile of cable
Delivery, setup and testing
On-site operation and maintenance
Cat Dealer: Holt Power Systems
San Antonio, Texas
As an independent power producer to the 345-kV grid in the state of Texas, Guadalupe Power (part of the Texas Independent Energy fleet) can’t afford unscheduled downtime. Recently, when the Marion, Texas plant’s substation required maintenance, Guadalupe Power Plant’s Glenn Anizan, plant manager of operations, and David Harrill, I&E technician, turned to Cat Rental Power.
“Both feeds coming in to our combined-cycle, 1000-MW plant had to be shut down for maintenance,” explains Anizan. The local transmission line company requested that utility power to the plant be shut down for the 24 to 36 hours it took to replace the plant’s insulators.
“Even when the plant goes off-line, it’s necessary for several MW of power to be flowing to the plant,” says Harrill. The plant requires electro-hydraulic motors to keep the four dry, low-NOx gas turbines and two steam turbines turning at low speed to prevent the generator shafts from bending under the weight of the compressor fans. Power is also needed for the operations offices, control room, cooling fans, lights and other key equipment.
Cat Dealer Holt Power Systems was called upon to provide a solution that would provide enough critical power to ensure that when the insulator maintenance was completed, the plant could restart its turbines and resume revenue generation on schedule with minimal income loss.
To accommodate the plant’s 2.4-MW power requirement, Tom Barry, Holt Rental Power manager, and Al Reinhardt, Holt Rental Power salesman, recommended three Cat XQ2000 Power Modules, operating in parallel, each capable of providing up to 2 MW of prime power. The third XQ2000 was specified redundant to act as an emergency backup.
The job also required three 4160-volt transformers, three 4160-volt disconnect switches and more than three-quarters of a mile of cable. “There were 138 connections necessary to parallel to our 4160-volt bus,” recalls Harrill. “It was something to see.”
The connections were a critical element for the project. “Not one of those connections could be crossed or it generates an out-of-sequence trip,” says Harrill. “Our dealer made sure that didn’t happen by performing phase-sequencing checks to make sure everything was correct. It performed perfectly.”