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A generating unit at Mortlake Power Station in Victoria, has been returned to service after it was damaged in an electrical fault in July 2019. 

Origin Executive General Manager Energy Supply and Operations, Greg Jarvis, said the damage had been repaired before the peak summer electricity demand began, but that it would be operating at a restricted output until final regulatory testing was complete.

“During these generator replacement works, we’ve also completed capacity improvements that will deliver more electricity to the system when it’s most needed. By injecting treated water into the gas turbine, we’re able to increase the capacity of each of the generators by up to 20 megawatts in hot weather conditions,” Mr Jarvis said.

“Returning this generating unit to the market and also achieving a higher peak capacity has been an enormous effort by many teams across Origin, working with local and overseas specialist contractors.

“Elsewhere, all of Origin’s generation plants across NSW, South Australia and Queensland have completed extensive maintenance and summer readiness programs to ensure peak performance and reliability during the summer months.”

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