Sept 4 Xcel Energy Inc has told
Minnesota utility regulators it expects the 860-megawatt Unit 3
at the Sherburne County coal-fired power plant to return to
service before Sept. 30, an Xcel spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The unit shut in November 2011 due to extensive turbine
In a letter delivered on Tuesday to the Minnesota Public
Utilities Commission, Xcel said the restoration work on the
unit, called Sherco 3, has been completed.
"We are currently performing pre-operational checks and
anticipate initial grid synchronization to occur this week,"
according to a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.
"Once all testing is completed, Sherco 3 will be released
for commercial operation and dispatch ... We anticipate the
testing will be completed within the next few weeks," the letter
There are three units at the 2,222-MW Sherburne coal plant -
the 680-MW Unit 1 built in 1976, the 682-MW Unit 2 built in 1977
and the 860-MW Unit 3 built in 1987.