Loy Yang A Unit 2 repairs well underway

AGL has confirmed repairs on Unit 2 at Loy Yang A Power Station are on track and progressing well, ahead of the summer months.

AGL General Manager Coal Operations, Steve Rieniets said he remains confident the works will be completed by mid-December 2019.

“We know how important it is to return this unit to service as soon as possible and I want to thank the hard-working teams who’ve done a great job,” Mr Rieniets said.

“Right now, we have more than 120 workers from Siemens, Lend Lease, and GE Power Australia working around the clock to complete the job and ensure the unit is reliable for summer.

“GE Power Australia has been conducting what’s known as a full rewind of Unit 2, which involves the installation of customised replacement pieces.

“To date the repairs are progressing well with the testing of the generator core successfully completed.

“This confirms that the stator core is in good condition and will now only require cleaning ahead of replacement parts being installed.

“Additionally, the internal pressure piping for the boiler will undergo a full inspection, as well as potential repairs. This work will include inspections of the internal burner, external ducting, precipitators and the boiler fans.

“AGL understands the concern this outage has caused many households and businesses, but we want to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to return the unit back to service as soon as possible.

“We are also working closely with the market operator, AEMO to facilitate a reconnection to the grid once the critical repairs are completed.”

Since acquiring Loy Yang in 2012 we have spent more than $900 million in capital expenditure to ensure the plant operates over the remaining years of its technical life.