NL Hydro is now saying that the “Power Watch” for the Avalon Peninsula will likely end tomorrow, even though it’s expected to take more than a week to fix a broken unit at the Holyrood power plant.
Residents woke up Wednesday morning to news that NL Hydro was alerting to people that demand for power was high, and with one of the three units at Holyrood broken, the system in eastern NL was stretched close to the limit.
It wasn’t until Friday that crews were able to actually get into the boiler of the broken Holyrood power unit to figure out what was going on. NL Hydro noted in a release Friday afternoon that the power plant operates at more than 1,400 C, and it took a couple days for the system to cool down enough that workers could investigate.
“The unit assessment has confirmed that a repair to boiler tubes inside the unit is required,” the NL Hydro release said. “Crews will be working in shifts around the clock in an effort to ensure the unit is brought back online as quickly and safely as possible.”
NL Hydro said that they expect the unit will come back online next weekend.