July 2010

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HP Reliability: Not ready for 29-year-old pump packing

In 2009 we were informed about “a nuclear plant that was never commissioned after its original construction. This plant has been sitting idle for 29 years and is only now starting up.” The o..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2009 we were informed about “a nuclear plant that was never commissioned after its original construction. This plant has been sitting idle for 29 years and is only now starting up.” The original wording related more detail and asked questions: “Many pumps and valves have packing installed and the plant is wondering if they should repack. I think the answer is yes, but the facility is looking for some supporting documentation before advocating repacking all of the nuke’s equipment. Please ask HP’s equipment editor if he has—or knows of—any books or literature relating to long-term equipment storage in regards to packing in the stuffing boxes.” Alth

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