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Craig Station’s Unit One no steam ahead, for now

Janelle O'Dea

Craig residents may have noticed an absence of steam from Craig Station’s Unit One in the past week.

Spokesman for Tri-State Drew Kramer said it suffered a malfunction during start-up on the evening of Friday, Oct. 31. Because of this, the generating unit sustained turbine-bearing damage.

Kramer said Tri-State is working on taking care of the damage and repairs.

“Tri-State has mobilized resources at Craig Station to investigate, determine the extent of the damage and repair the turbine,” Kramer said. “It is estimated that Craig Unit One will remain offline for five weeks.”

Unit One is estimated to be back in operation by Dec. 21.

He said Craig Station’s Unit Two and Unit Three are operating normally, and Unit One’s malfunction has not affected other operations of the plant.

It is uncertain how much the repair will cost, but as a positive for the Craig community, Kramer estimates it will bring about 40 workers to Craig over the next six weeks.

“This will ebb and flow as the parts are refurbished and build out is completed,” Kramer said.

Craig Station’s annual maintenance plans, typically conducted in the spring, are progressing normally.

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