The NESTEC engineering and construction teams have worked tirelessly on essential projects to meet air emission compliance schedules during the COVID-19 crisis. These projects ensure the continued operation of wood pellet manufacturing plants that deliver sustainable fuel necessary to generate electric power needed during an unprecedented global crisis. The wood pellets are delivered to various ports for shipment to power plants. They are used to fire steam boilers, which turn turbines to generate electricity, all while reducing carbon emissions.
Typical Pellet Port
This crucial wood product allows electric utilities to reduce their dependence on coal, lower carbon emissions, and provide new sources of safe, reliable, and affordable power.
NESTEC has six (6) air emission control construction sites at wood pellet plants that have continued with essential work during the COVID-19 crisis. We are helping to ensure air emission compliance for plants that are producing over 2.35 million metric tons of wood pellets for the power industry annually.
Shipment and installation of a semi-preassembled WESP system
Wet electro-static precipitator (WESP) units are partially pre-assembled for shipment to minimize turnaround time and provide fast, easy, and complete installation in the field. The WESP provides dryer exhaust particulate matter (PM) control prior to the regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO). The same design and installation approach is used with the RTO / stack and regenerative catalytic oxidizer (RCO) unit(s) for control of the pellet hammer mills, coolers, and storage. NESTEC also offers complete duct collection systems, along with startup, commissioning, and follow up assistance.
During the field installation, CDC guidelines, along with our own newly developed minimal contact implementation strategies, are maintained to ensure safety first. The health and wellbeing of all our team members and everyone on-site have always been our top priority, but we have redoubled our attentiveness at this critical moment.
- Pre-Screen: Employers should measure employees’ temperatures and assess symptoms prior to the start of work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
- Regular Monitoring: As long as an employee doesn’t have an elevated temperature or symptoms of illness, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
- Wear a Mask: Employees should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
- Social Distance: Employees should stay six feet apart and practice social distancing, as work duties permit, in the workplace.
- Disinfect and Clean workspaces: All facility areas and equipment, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment, must be cleaned and disinfected routinely.
Regarding construction, NESTEC will delineate a clear understanding of the project scope and restraints and enforce operational coordination with minimal interference, as well as innovative approaches to implementation that provide safe and successful completion of the project on time while following the CDC government guidelines.
If your plant’s air emission control project is essential and you want to select your solution from a list of options that will meet your specific needs: contact NESTEC for a free process analysis and proposal.
For assistance call or e-mail NESTEC Inc. (Office: 610-323-7670) for a free evaluation of your air emission control system needs. (https://www.nestecinc.com)
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