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  • fred squires
    April 05, 2013 - 09:17

    Thats a classic, who is the blame, plant operator or company who makes the generator.Surely when maintenance checks are applied the lubrication is number 1 on the list to take care of this expensive peice of equipment.the manager is reponsible to maintain this plant and report any concerns to the manufacturer about oil supplies to the generator.

  • doug
    April 04, 2013 - 14:47

    Well done to the operators at Holyrood for minimising the damages. But, why is Newfoundland Power looking to the PUB (and thus to we electricity users) to pay for their repairs? NFLD power is part of Fortis Inc, a publicly traded, profitable corporation. In fact, Fortis just announced a quarterly dividend of $0.34 per share, totalling some $65 million to their shareholders. That's over a quater of a billion annually! Surely they can afford to repair or replace their generator. If not, why are they not insured for such accidents?

  • wavy
    April 04, 2013 - 12:17

    "It left the six operators inside the plant to deal with the situation on their own. The Telegram spoke briefly with Hutchings about what it was like to be one of the heroes of Holyrood". The Fukushima Fifty: The Holyrood Half-case.

  • wavy
    April 04, 2013 - 10:54

    Wow, that's quite the story. Not to make light of the seriousness but that's one for the grandkids and drinking buddies. Must have felt like battling a mini Fukushima; a meltdown of a different sort. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Anyone who's had a portable generator or small engine run dry of oil knows what a state that turbine must be in. Locked. Up. Solid.

  • Winston
    April 04, 2013 - 09:17

    These units will operate for voltage support and Muskrat falls comes on stream. They are not part of the Holyrood shutdown, and will continue to essential equipment. We have a high winter heating load. Efficient heating would reduce the winter heating load with less need for these units, either for primary generation or voltage support. It is not just oil expense at Holyrood.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 04, 2013 - 07:04

    And why was there inadequate oil supply (and backup supply), or did you ask why there was inadequate backup oil supply to the bearings? What additional backup/procedure are needed (and will they be) put in place to protect the other generators?