Choteau Power Plant Could be Partly Out of Commission for 2 Years

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Choteau Power Plant

Grand River Dam -- After lightning struck a piece of power plant equipment, a fire ignited that could cause the plant to be partially down for years.

The fire ignited and burned one turbine badly and damaged other equipment.  The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is still assessing damage.  Spokesman Justin Alberty said the plant could be down for 1.5 to 2 years.

"We do know that none of our customers are going to suffer.  They're not going to lose any power, and we hope to continue to maintain reliability of the system as we put all this back in place," Alberty said.

A second turbine was also damaged, but will be back in service soon.  GRDA's other local facilities will fill the energy gap while the plant gets back online.  They are also considering buying wind power from western Oklahoma.

The fire started from a lightning bolt hitting a pump.  The pump went offline and caused equipment to overheat.

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