Huntly outage makes tight electricity supply tighter

Huntly outage makes tight electricity supply tighter
Huntly's largest gas unit is awaiting repair. (Image: Getty)
Ian Llewellyn
The breakdown of one of the country’s larger electricity generating units is making an already tight winter for supply even tighter, but there is sufficient generation, says system operator Transpower.Genesis Energy’s Huntly power station unit five went down on June 30 and could be offline until the end of July.Unit five can generate 400 megawatts (MW) in its slow-to-fire gas turbine. Genesis is still investigating the cause of the failure. A spokesperson said the company knew a fault caused a unit protection trip on one phase of th...

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