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Replaced PUD Generators 10/25/2013

As crews continue to investigate the four generating units that were removed from service about a month ago after a deep crack was discovered in a stainless steel rod that delivers oil to the servo motor, which adjusts the angle of the turbine blades.

PUD Commissioner, Ann Congdon, says the discovery was in just one of the generating units, and gives us an update on the situation…

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Seven other generating units at Rocky Reach dam do not have a similar design and will continue to operate.

The utility estimates the repair cost to the District is in the range of $5 million, although substantially more work is needed to refine this estimate. There also will be costs associated with the lost generation.