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At approximately 1:00 pm on November 10, 2016 Delano Municipal Utilities experienced an explosion in one of its generators while performing operational tests. The explosion produced a sonic boom and emission of flames out of the smoke stack. No one was hurt and the operation of the generator remains unaffected.

 

 

Main Utility Office and Generation Facilities

The photograph above shows the Main Utility office and Power Plant. The Utility Office is the central location for all operations. The Power Plant houses 5 of the 8 Utility Generators with the remaining 3 generation units and high voltage switch gear located behind the facility.

The Delano Municipal Utilities Power Plant is capable of generating a total of 24.35 MW. The picture above is a view of 4 of the 8 Power Plant Generators. Here you can see diesel engine Generators Number 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Above is a view of the Main Facility Power plant control panels. These control panels allow circuit operations and readings of important power distribution data throughout Delano.

Above is a view of Generator 9. This generating unit is jet turbine driven ( Photo Below). The jet turbine drives a mechanical reduction gear set and is connected to the main synchronous generator above. This unit is capable of generating 12.5 MW of power.

Above is a view Generator 9 Jet Turbine engine.

Located at the rear of the DMU facility are high voltage switch gear control panels. Above shows a lineup including the main SCADA interface computer that sends data to the main power plant.

Above picture shows high voltage electrical protection relays, circuit breaker controls and analog data meters.