Power House #1

    The large building under construction near the center of this photo is Power House #1. This building provided steam to all the areas of the Plant needing heat for the production process and building heat. There were five boilers in this building each capable of producing 150,000 lb/hr of steam at 275 psi. In this photo the building has four boilers, the right end of the building, which is not closed, is where the building will be expanded to house the fifth boiler. Coal for the boilers was brought in by rail from the coal yard on the north side of the Plant. Between the first and second large windows from the left end the coal car unloading system and the elevator will be built to move the coal to the bunkers that will be built above the large openings in the roof in this photo.
    The Power House did not generate electricity for the Plant. All electric power was purchased from the Wisconsin Power & Light Co. The area in the lower right corner of the photo is were an electric power substation will be built. Electric power distribution control was on the second floor of the Power House.

    The three long white buildings behind the Power House are material warehouses for Plant operations.

    The white buildings in the foreground are Change Houses.

 

The photo above was taken by Verlyn Mueller in 1998. This photo shows three large white tanks at the left end of the Power House. These tanks were installed about 1970 when the Power House was converted from coal as the primary fuel to fuel oil (#2 through #6) or natural gas. For the remainder of the Vietnam operation the Power House used fuel oil. Natural gas was not brought into the Plant until the end of the Vietnam Operation. This Power House was used only during the production years of the Badger AAP. During standby when a large volume of steam was not needed the "Big Power House" was replaced by a "Small Power House" built on the right end of the "Big Power House". The smaller building peaking out from the right end of the Power House is this "Small Power House".