Employees at the Dry Fork Station started their day with a milestone. At about 8:45 a.m. MT, employees gathered in the control room to watch as the plant synced to the transmission grid. That’s the first time the Dry Fork Station has sent electricity out of the plant.
It happened on May 10, 2011 at 9 a.m. MT. The turbine was started shortly after the crew’s plan of day meeting. It was ramped up about 360 rpms per minute until it reached 3,600 rpms. Once everything was ready, Clyde Bush, vice president of coal based resources, took the helm and synced the plant. Watch the video.
This is the first of two milestones that will happen within days of each other. Crews will do testing to ensure everything continues running smoothly, then, for the first time, coal will be introduced into the boiler.