The Wartsilla Corp. has been contracted to supply performance monitoring sealing products as part of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's ongoing rehabilitation of the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric plant.
When access to spare parts for the Bonneville First Powerhouse became a critical issue, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered two spare bearings. The bearings have been delivered, after a challenging design and manufacturing process.
When commissioning a hydro unit, proper use of vibration monitoring can help identify problems such as a rub on the guide bearings. Catching issues early can allow the problem to be fixed quickly, preventing units from operating inefficiently and limiting unplanned outages.