Origin has notified the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) of a slight delay in the return-to-service date of the Mortlake Power Station generating unit damaged by an electrical fault on 8 July 2019.

The unit is now expected to be returned to service on 30 December, a delay of ten days to the original advice provided to AEMO following the July incident.

Origin’s Executive General Manager Energy Supply and Operations, Greg Jarvis, said, “We’ve had crews working around the clock to return the damaged Mortlake Power Station generating unit to service. Unfortunately, inclement weather and delays in securing specialist commissioning technicians have impacted our schedule.

“We now expect to return the impacted Mortlake unit to service on Monday 30 December 2019, in advance of the traditional peak summer electricity consumption period.”

Mortlake is a gas peaking power station and the impacted unit represents less than 3 per cent of Victoria’s total installed generation capacity.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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