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Rurelec Patagonia power plant could be operational within two weeks

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South America-based power generation developer Rurelec said that temporary modifications have begun upon the 136 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Argentina which could see it resume operation "within approximately two weeks."

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On September 8, Rurelec announced that the CCGT plant had been shut down after a turbine blade within the steam generator suffered damage. Rurelec did not specify what caused the damage.

Rurelec said at the time that the management of Energia del Sur SA, which owns and operates the power plant, was examining "various engineering solutions". Rurelec has a 50% interest in the power plant which is located in southern Patagonia.

Rurelec's most recent announcement said that Energia del Sur was beginning "temporary modification of the steam turbine to remove certain rows of turbine blades". This was to be undertaken "ahead of repairs during planned maintenance in 2018."


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