TransAlta working to restore Keephills coal fired unit to service

By Editors of Electric Light & Power/POWERGRID International

TransAlta Corp. continues to work with the original equipment manufacturer to safely return its Keephills Unit 1 power plant to service. Testing conducted in preparation for the return of the power plant to service revealed that additional work was required to repair the generator.

TransAlta expects the plant to return to service in mid-June, 2013 after the additional work required to repair the generator is completed.

On March 26, 2013, TransAlta declared force majeure at the plant when it experienced an unplanned outage due to a winding failure in the generator. In the event of a force majeure, TransAlta is entitled to continue to receive its capacity payments under the power purchase arrangement for the plant and is protected from having to pay any availability penalties. As a result, TransAlta does not expect the outage to have a material financial impact on the corporation.

This article was originally published on Electric Light & Power/POWERGRID International online. It was republished with permission.