March 12, 2008 / 3:38 PM / in 10 years

OPG Ontario Nanticoke 1 & 8 coal units shut

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The 490-megawatt Units 1 and 8 at Ontario Power Generation’s Nanticoke coal-fired power station in Ontario shut for short work by early Wednesday, a spokesman for the province-owned generating company said.

He could not say when the unit would likely return to service due in part to competitive reasons. Electricity traders guessed the unit would return within a week.

The 3,920 MW Nanticoke station, which entered service between 1972 and 1978, is located on the north shore of Lake Erie in Nanticoke, about 80 miles southwest of Toronto. There are eight 490 MW units at the station.

Unit 3 shut by March 3 and should return in early April.

All of the other units were available for service.

One MW powers about 1,000 homes in Ontario.

OPG owns and operates about 22,000 MW of generating capacity and markets power to utilities in Ontario and neighboring U.S. and Canadian electricity markets.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Walter Bagley

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