Chugach’s power plant, the Southcentral Power Project, underwent an important inspection in April. The three LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines, generators, and boilers were inspected as part of a routine program of upkeep and maintenance.
Borescope inspections are done twice a year to assess the condition of blades, vanes, fuel nozzles and other parts without opening up the turbine completely. Chugach is considered a critical infrastructure business for purposes of the COVID-19 pandemic and was able to carry out the April inspection with special permission granted from the State of Alaska. Enhanced health and safety precautions were utilized to keep Chugach employees and the inspector separate and safe.