One of the worst things that could happen to a digester facility is to have a catastrophic failure of its primary revenue generating equipment. CFP experienced this first hand when one of the DCCD’s two gensets went down with non-repairable damage. Revenue would literally be cut in half until we found and implemented a solution. After working with the genset maintenance provider to determine replacement options, CFP decided to put out the word to our network of digester associates and happened to get a tip of a decommissioned unit at a landfill 3 hrs away. CFP then sent a team to the landfill to evaluate the genset and develop plan for removal and transport.
After determining its viability and negotiating a purchase price, our team came back to disassemble the unit and work with a rigging contractor to transport. Once onsite, we coordinated with a rigging crew and the generator maintenance provider to remove the damaged unit and install and commission the new unit. As is often the case with unexpected equipment failures, time is of the essence, and it takes a crew with the ability to adapt and think unconventionally minimize the financial stress to the company.