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Comparison Between Air Blows and Gas Blows for Cleaning Power Plant Fuel Gas Piping Systems

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Hoc Phung

Pacific Gas & Electric, San Francisco, CA

Gary Jones, Norman K. Smith

Gemma Power Systems, Glastonbury, CT

Paper No. POWER2011-55326, pp. 713-717; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 Power Conference collocated with JSME ICOPE 2011
  • ASME 2011 Power Conference, Volume 1
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 12–14, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4459-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Gas blows have been quite commonly used in the power industry for cleaning fuel gas lines during the plant commissioning process, but this practice is being seriously evaluated and reconsidered by regulatory agencies and public safety organizations due to the fire and explosion hazards, and recent accidents and loss of life. This article merely captures the recent practices at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the construction of power plants. It is not intended to reflect industry practices.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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