An unplanned outage at the Genesee 3 power plant near Edmonton is expected to last five weeks, said plant operator Capital Power Corp.
EDMONTON: An unplanned outage at the Genesee 3 power plant near Edmonton is expected to last five weeks, said plant operator Capital Power Corp.
Capital Power said the estimated downtime is based on preliminary information after the 495 gross megawatt plant experienced an unplanned outage Nov. 11 that resulted in damage to turbine and generator bearings.
The company said it hopes to have the unit, a joint venture with TransAlta Corp., return to service by mid-December.
The root cause of the outage remains under investigation and a turbine bearing inspection is underway, the company said.
As a result of the shutdown, Capital Power’s fourth-quarter production from its Alberta coal fleet could be reduced by approximately 180 gigawatt hours.
Additional generation from the company’s 243 megawatt Clover Bar Energy Centre peaking facility should materially offset the lost production from Genesee 3, Capital Power said.
Capital Power, with headquarters in Edmonton, owns more than 3,300 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America. An additional 487 megawatts of owned wind generation capacity is under construction or in advanced development in BC, Alberta, and Ontario.
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