Martin Drake coal-fired power plant resumes operations after fire

The 257 MW Martin Drake coal-fired power plant is fully operational after a fire knocked the plant offline almost a year ago.
 
The May 5, 2014 fire occurred in the area surrounding Unit 5, but units 6 and 7 also suffered minor damage. The Colorado Springs Fire Department said free-flowing lubricating oil came into contact with high temperature steam pipes that resulted in a flash fire.
 
Unit 5, which was the most damaged, was the last unit to come back online on March 16. Unit 6 returned to service in June 2014 and Unit 7 returned to service in September 2014. Colorado Springs Utilities had to purchase offsite power from three natural gas-fired, one coal-fired, and one hydroelectric power plant while the units were offline.
 
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