Gas shut off due to leak, but not a problem for power plant

A crack in a pipe near the meters at the J.B. Sims Power Plant on Harbor Island caused momentary concern Monday night, but the leak was isolated without incident, according to plant director Jeff Chandler. Grand Haven Department of Public Safety responded to the power plant after a gas leak was discovered in a 6-inch main at about 9:45 p.m., Chandler said. The gas company responded and the gas was shut off within a half hour.
Becky Vargo
Jun 7, 2011


“We don’t have gas right now,” Chandler said this morning. “But we don’t need it right now because the pulverizers are already running.”

Chandler said the gas is used to light the burners on the pulverizers. The pulverizers grind the coal down to a fine powder that is used in the plant, he said.

The pulverizers were already running in anticipation of today’s high temperatures, Chandler said.

“We’re running at full load right now,” he said. “When it’s hazy this early in the morning, that’s not a good sign.”

Chandler said the best place to be for anyone today would be at the beach.

In the meantime, officials are waiting for the gas company to come back and fix the line.


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