Former Liberal MHA Danny Dumaresque says dirty fuel being fed into the Holyrood power plant may have been the cause of power outages earlier this year.
Danny Dumaresque — Photo by James McLeod
Dumaresque, an intervenor in the Public Utilities Board (PUB) inquiry into the January blackouts, is talking about the fuel being burned at the Holyrood power plant, and specifically about aluminum and silicon in the fuel.
Dumaresque says NL Hydro has been using the wrong fuel at Holyrood, which may have contributed to the blackouts in January.
The $800-million contract to buy fuel from a Swiss company did not include maximum levels of aluminum and silicon in the fuel.
Too much aluminum and silicon can cause clogging and damage to equipment, Dumaresque said.
Dumaresque said he'll be pressing for more information on this issue.