TXU shut Texas Big Brown 2 coal unit for work

July 7, 2006

NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) – TXU Corp. (TXU.N: Quote, Profile, Research) shut the 575-megawatt Unit 2 at the Big Brown coal-fired power station in Texas on July 6 to fix a boiler tube leak, a spokesman for the Dallas-based energy company said Friday.

He said he could not say when the unit would return due to competitive reasons.

Electricity traders guessed the unit would return in three or four days.

The 1,150 MW Big Brown station is located near Fairfield in Freestone County, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas. There are two 575 MW units numbered 1 and 2 at the station, which entered service in 1971 and 1972, respectively. The plant burns lignite coal from nearby mines, supplemented by sub-bituminous coal brought by train from other western states.

One MW powers about 800 homes.

TXU’s unregulated TXU Power subsidiary owns and operates the station.

TXU’s subsidiaries own and operate more than 18,000 MW of generating capacity, market energy commodities to more than 2.5 million customers in Texas, and transmit and distribute electricity to more than 2.9 million customers in the state.

Source: Reuters

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