Right before Easter 2012 there was a breakdown at the site. The gas suspension absorber was overflowing with slurry and the slurry flowed backwards into the fans during operation. In short, water entered the four fans. The fans in unit one were able to go back into operation after only three weeks but the fans in unit two had been severely damaged. One of the fans had to be rebuilt and the other had the hubs and coupling refurbished and thereafter required new regulating parts, main shaft, blades etc.
Howden established a dedicated task force who worked hard to solve the tasks for Bechtel in order to have the fans ready to go back into operation as quickly as possible. The fans were ready in less than six months. Normally a project like this one would take approximately 12 months. Bechtel acknowledged our efforts with a 'Letter of Recognition' for the whole Howden Denmark team, and furthermore Kenneth Hesselberg, Field Service Manager, was awarded the 'Bechtel Quality Award'.
Every year, Bechtel bestows a great honour on some of its partners and suppliers for outstanding work. In 2013, 67 companies were honoured for 'outstanding work' and it is with pride Howden Denmark received the award for 'Supplier of the Year, Balance of Plant Equipment'.
The award reflects the fantastic teamwork which characterised Howden Denmark's handling of the Prairie State incident and acknowledges the effort of all the associates involved