We perform all overflow services to Los Angeles Department Water and Power for overflow work. We also cover SCE through various general contractors to help assist Southern CA to modernizing outdated equipment and structures. Various power plants within These two entities, as well as, NVEnergy utilize us during their critical outages because of our outstanding safety record and project expertise.
Case Study #1:
RCS was honored to be awarded an exclusive hoisting contract for all scopes of work in support of a triennial major outage for a private natural gas and steam generated power plant in Victorville, CA; a plant that provides electricity to nearly 800,000 homes in Southern California’s High Desert!! Our crews were tasked with several responsibilities, the most important of which being the support of contracted Millwrights as they disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled steam turbines for regular maintenance and balancing. Throughout the course of the project, RCS operated and maintained eleven cranes ranging from a 330 ton Liebherr LR1300SX with derrick equipment and 264.6K lbs. suspended counterweight to a 30 ton Terex RT 230 Rough Terrain Crane. This outage was extended due to unexpected maintenance required on all three of the plant’s natural-gas-fueled combustion turbines. The unexpected changes were an “all hands on-deck” scenario that RCS took head-on, providing crews around the clock 7 days a week for nearly three months (a combined total of over 5000 labor hours – whoa). Using their well-established relationships and extensive fleet, RCS supported hoisting, trucking, and the production of engineered equipment. This was done with speed and accuracy all while tracking and projecting costs that were recorded and communicated on a near daily basis. Above is one of our favorite critical lifts from the project: the LR1300SX with suspended counterweight setting a freshly balanced low pressure (LP) Toshiba turbine with blades. This 101.8K lbs. turbine (gross weight of just over 120K lbs.) was set back into its inner housing safely and securely at a max radius of 112 ft (double whoa).
Case Study #2:
RCS specializes in servicing power generating facilities in Southern CA and all across Nevada. Here is a picture that shows us doing what we do best when decommissioning the Etiwanda Generating Plant in Rancho Cucamonga. In this picture you will see one of five of our 265-300 ton class machines removing one of 8 transformer cores for a customer that repurposes and refurbishes transformer cores for new power plants throughout the US. Each core was roughly 115,000 lbs. Our mighty 275 ton, Grove GMK5275, safely removed all cores with operator load only (46K lbs. Counterweight) and 51.7 ft. of main boom. That’s a lot of power!