Midwestern Power Cooperative
Frozen Limestone Handling System
Salas O’Brien provided multi-discipline engineering services and construction administration for the design of a new emergency reclaim system to remediate bottlenecks in our client’s plant processes caused by limestone freezing during cold weather season. Our solution enabled the plant to achieve continuous operation even during harsh winter climates.
This Midwestern Power Cooperative serves major electric cooperatives across Indiana and Illinois. The company has a community focus and prioritizes affordability, reliability, and safety.
At one of this client’s power generation plants, limestone used for plant processes was sitting exposed to the weather, and during colder months, the material would freeze and create a bottleneck in their process. The company brought in Salas O’Brien to design a solution that would allow their systems to operate uninterrupted throughout cold weather season.
Our team solved the problem by designing a new emergency reclaim system. Our work included multi-discipline design, equipment selection, construction cost estimation, and bid phase services including construction administration. The system consisted of a push wall, Stamler Feeder/Breaker, feed conveyor, belt magnet, and chute work to regulate the limestone handling.
This system went into service right before an especially cold winter, and it kept the entire plant running with no downtime—successful achieving the client’s end goal for the project.