Ford Powerplant Blast Pressures Construction of CMS Project
Construction of a new 710 MW gas-fired cogeneration plant to
replace a 75-year old coal-fired powerhouse supplying Ford Motor
Company's massive Rouge complex and Rouge Steel Co. in Dearborn,
MI, is going into overdrive following a boiler explosion last
Tuesday that killed one person, critically injured a dozen others
and destroyed the power plant.
By Friday Detroit Edison was supplying some power to the world's
largest auto plant and expected to get up to the full requirement
of 200 MW by today. The power is being delivered through two
outlets that were not destroyed. The 1,100-acre complex employing
10,000 is Ford's oldest and largest production site supplying parts
to 16 of Ford's 20 North American assembly operations. Because of
the blast, production was slowed Tuesday at several Ford plants
nationwide. Some operations at the Rouge plant resumed last week
and the industrial complex could be at full speed as early as
Monday, Ford officials said.
A Detroit Edison spokesman said it was not a strain to provide
the extra power now because the utility is a summer peaking
operation. And by July the first unit of the new cogeneration plant
funded 70% by CMS Energy and 30% by DTE Energy Services and built
by Duke/Fluor Daniel should be in operation.
The plant originally was scheduled to go on-line with 550 MW
capacity in mid-2000, but the CMS/DTE joint venture, Dearborn
Industrial Generation L.L.C., turned up a spare turbine in
Washington State, allowing them to push the in-service date for
some of the power to mid-1999 and up the total capacity to 710 MW.
Originally the plant was slated for two gas turbines and a steam
turbine. Now there will be three gas turbines. The new power plant
will target other customers besides the auto complex. It will take
more than 100 MMcf/d of gas to fuel the cogen project.
Even though the July in-service date "was an aggressive target,"
according to CMS spokesman Kelly Farr, "I think we're going to have
to move even faster than that. It's going to be difficult. They're
just putting in the pilings for the foundation now." CMS is
providing some emergency steam and hopes to be able to increase
supplies later this week.
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