To the Residents of the City of Bridgeport:
In an effort to continually keep the City and community in Bridgeport updated, we wish to inform you that the PSEG Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit #5 Project has formally begun the transition from construction to start-up and commissioning. During this process, construction will continue per the approved schedule, but processes and equipment will begin to be turned over to the Commissioning and Operational Readiness Team.
The PSEG Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit #5 Project is a new, environmentally sustainable power station that harnesses cutting-edge technology to power the future of the Greater Bridgeport Region. During construction the Unit #5 Project has provided over 1000 jobs on site per day, invested in the regions first of its kind workforce development program, PSEG Ready2Work, to help attain careers for area residents. Additionally PSEG is an invested partner in the Bridgeport community by both supporting charitable organizations throughout the city while also being the city’s largest taxpayer.
As a part of the commissioning process, PSEG will commence start-up procedures, notably the cleaning of the Unit #5 piping systems. The cleaning procedure is commonly referred to as steam blows. Steam blows are a normal part of a power plants transition from construction to testing. They are critical to safety and the operation as it uses steam pressure to remove particles and matter left over from construction. The purpose is to maintain the integrity and good working condition of the Unit’s boiler and steam turbine.
During this time of testing the major power generation equipment will be commissioned and steam will be generated for the first time. Steam generated during this initial operations period will be vented for 4-8 hours through engineered silencer equipment, mitigating any increased plant boundary noise levels. Currently steam blows are scheduled for the middle of May. This process is part of the initial start-up procedures and will not be repeated after the plant begins commercial operations.
As always, PSEG and the Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit #5 Project remain fully committed to safely implementing these commissioning activities in a responsible manner that effectively prevents and minimizes any noise or otherwise impacts on the Bridgeport community.