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Re: Buffalo NY 25 hz Power

Mon, 06 Mar 2006 19:03:04 -0500

John Bachtel wrote:

> In 1957 and 1958, after graduating from Kenmore High School, near
> Buffalo, I was a turbine operator at Niagara Mohawk's Charles R. Huntley
> Steam station in Tonawanda, on the Niagara River. We were still
> operating units 25 hz 24, 25 and 26 and a reversable frequency changer.
> Total cap. was abt. 200 MW, alongside 1000 MW of 60 Hz power in the
> newer sections of the plant. Operation varied with the business
> climate, from full bore 24/7 to daily startup/ shutdown, occasionally
> with only one unit. Interesting work ... I got to do the throttle ups
> and enjoy the synchrozation process during startup. It could get
> dicey with our 30-50 year old equipment and synchroscope like a giant
> clock up on the wall. Equally exciting were sudden power dumps as
> happened during severe weather. Big building quake, followed by opening
> of steam safety valves atop the adjoining boiler house.

Who bought this 25Hz power?

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