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Equipment failure causes power outage Tuesday morning


Petersburg experienced a power outage Tuesday morning that lasted approximately 45 minutes and the cause was equipment failure.

“We had a problem with the new generator at Scow Bay,” Petersburg Municipal Power and Light Superintendent Joe Nelson stated. “One of the components in the high pressure fuel system failed.”

The generator, which came from Germany, has not been installed for a long period of time and is still under warranty.

“We have contacted the factory,” Nelson stated. “A maintenance crew from Anchorage is coming to fix the problem.”

Nelson explained that PMPL is running diesel right now because of the annual Tyee system maintenance.

“We have plenty of diesel generation to get us through,” Nelson said. “We will be running on diesel until Monday.”

He said this equipment problem is not the reason for running diesel at this time.

“This is not a complex problem,” Nelson stated. “The complication is getting the part here and getting it installed.”

Because this is warranty work, the maintenance crew will be arriving to install that part.


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