PacifiCorp suffers explosion, fire at natural gas-fired power plant in Washington

By Dorothy Davis

PacifiCorp’s natural gas-fired Chehalis power plant in Washington suffered a transformer explosion at about 4:15 a.m. PST, resulting in a fire at the 520-megawatt facility.

A spokesperson for the plant’s owner and operator, PacifiCorp, told Reuters that the fire was isolated to the transformer area of the facility and was extinguished quickly by firefighters. There were no injuries due to the accident.

The cause of the transformer explosion is still under investigation along with an ongoing assessment of damages.

An estimated return to service for the Chehalis plant was not provided.

PacifiCorp purchased the natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant from a subsidiary of GDF Suez in 2008. The two generating units at Chehalis produce enough electricity to power more than 390,000 homes.

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