Hydro applies to restore Holyrood unit

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A worker walks past one of three generators at the Holyrood generating station in this file photo. — Telegram photo

Newfoundland and Labradoror Hydro wants to turn a Holyrood generating unit back on.

Unit One at the Holyrood plant has been offline since a severe storm Jan. 11 that damaged the terminal station, causing an electrical problem that resulted in the unit’s shutdown. According to Hydro’s report, released today, an investigation found that a lubricating oil pump didn’t provide enough lubricating oil to the unit’s bearings, causing the breakdown.

Hydro today filed a capital budget application to the province’s Public Utilities board, calling the unit “necessary for standby operations during regular maintenance work and capital upgrades on Units Two and Three this summer and early fall, and to ensure safe and reliable operation of the plant entering into the 2014 peak winter period,” according to a news release from Hydro.

The capital project is expected to cost about $13.2 million.

For full story, see Thursday's Telegram.

Organizations: Public Utilities board

Geographic location: Holyrood, Newfoundland

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  • wanda white
    April 03, 2013 - 23:32

    While I agree with the need for 'clean' power, I disagree with it being Muskrat Falls for one simple reason. Expense! I can barely afford to heat my bathroom and kitchen on the disability amount of just over $600per month that I get to live on. I agree Holyrood generators are messy but a better cheaper alternative is out there if 'they' (the PCs)look hard enough

  • Tony Rockel
    April 03, 2013 - 18:55

    We can do perfectly well without "clean" (but obscenely expensive) Muskrat Falls power. The existing hydro generators on this island could be connected up to the grid for a tiny fraction of the cost of MF and its transmission line.

  • Matt
    April 03, 2013 - 14:54

    Red, you do not have a good understanding of our power grid. Should another unit go down (unexpectedly or for maintenance) anywhere in the province, we would see widespread outages. We have been lucky since January that we have not had this issue. Next winter, we may not be so lucky

  • Red
    April 03, 2013 - 12:12

    Wow you would think that with a so called power shortage in the province that we wouldn't be able to do without this generator. Did anyone notice any blackouts since Jan11? What a farce it is that we "need" Muskrat Falls power.

    • David Wilson
      April 03, 2013 - 14:30

      Red you would have a different tune if you lived next to the Holyrood power generating plant. Clean Muskrat Falls power is needed asap.