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TransAlta expects little financial impact from Alberta power plant outage

Energy company is working with generator manufacturer to bring 395-megawatt plant back into service.


March 28, 2013
by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – TransAlta Corp. says an equipment failure in its Keephills 1 power plant near Wabamum, Alta., will keep the unit out of service until late April.

As a result, the company has declared force majeure, a contractual provision that TransAlta says will protect it from significant financial impact.

By making the declaration – something done in the event of major unusual disruptions – TransAlta says it will continue to receive some payments under a power contract and it will be protected from penalties.

TransAlta said it’s working with the manufacturer of the generator equipment to bring the 395 megawatt coal-fired Keephills 1 plant back into service.

The plant was one of several that underwent maintenance outages last year.

©The Canadian Press