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.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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