Plant named among ‘best of the best’

Combined Cycle Journal included a profile of Pleasant Valley Station in its “best of the best” edition. The Dexter, Minn., power plant has repeatedly discovered innovative ways to improve operations and maintenance practices.

“Here at Great River Energy, all employees are encouraged to continually look for improvement opportunities and solutions to issues. These three instances are an example of that culture at work,” said Combustion Turbine Leader Mike Herman.

The publication documented Pleasant Valley Station’s practices for: lube-oil storage, handling and use; novel ways plant staff protect against the degradation of fuel oil; and hydraulic oil varnish mitigation. These practices assure that the plant operates efficiently and materials are installed and disposed of properly.

“We are proud of our practices, but what sets us apart is the way our team comes together when an unexpected issue arises,” said Pleasant Valley Station Operator/Technician Craig Birkett.

In addition to the recognition from Combined Cycle Journal, Great River Energy’s practices were featured in the publication so that other utilities can learn from the solutions.