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October 13, 2013

GEUS board to hear report on plant explosion

GREENVILLE — The GEUS board of trustees is expected to receive a report this week concerning an explosion earlier this month which heavily damaged the local electric utility system’s steam generating plant in far north Greenville.

The board is scheduled to discuss what is being described as a failure of Boiler No. 3 at the plant, during Thursday’s regular session agenda, starting at  6 p.m.  in the board room of the GEUS Operations Center, 6000 Joe Ramsey Boulevard.

No injuries were reported as a result of the explosion on the afternoon of October 1, and there was no disruption of service to the utility.

GEUS Consumer Services Manager Jimmy Dickey said Boiler Number 3 at the plant exploded, blowing out a wall and creating a debris field of approximately 200 feet.

Dickey explained the boiler “experienced a significant tube failure, releasing a large volume of steam in a short period of time”, although the results of the investigation in the cause of the blast were not scheduled to be released until after Thursday’s meeting.

Electricity for local use is generated at the plant, where the boilers heat water to produce steam, which in turn runs turbines, which rotate and drive the generators that produce electricity.

The boilers produce steam with temperatures up to 950 degrees under as much as 1,300 pounds of pressure.

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