Sandow outage is over
Rockdale’s biggest economic boost for 2013 has concluded.
A massive outage (down for maintenance) at both Sandow Power Units 4 and 5 has wrapped up and 1,000 temporary workers have mostly left town.
Meranda Cohn, spokesperson for Luminant, told The Reporter this week that maintenance work at both units has concluded and Sandow 4 and 5 are back on-line.
Luminant, and other power companies, don’t release dates for either shut ting down or re-starting power units, citing the possibility of a competitive advantage if others in the energy market knew those dates in advance.
The outage began on March 1 and Caroline Atkins, Luminant communications associate said more than 1,000 contractors were on hand to perform standard maintenance projects and work on air quality control and unit controls.
She termed the work “standard projects in advance of the summer months.”
Power demand is highest in the summer.
Cohn said by the first week in May the work at Unit 4 was wrapping up and the Unit 5 projects were under way.
This was the second consecutive year for a major Luminant outage project to draw hundreds of workers to Rockdale, fill its RV parks and provide an economic boost to many of the town’s businesses. The 2012 project drew about 600 workers.