Oct. 17–TOWN OF MINISINK — Maintenance at the Competitive Power Ventures natural gas power plant, and the pipeline that feeds it, put the plant out of service for two days last week, company officials confirmed.
Work on the Valley Lateral Pipeline, owned by Millennium Pipeline Company, required cutting off gas service to the plant Oct. 8 and 9, said Tom Rumsey, senior vice president of external affairs at CPV.
CPV then scheduled previously planned maintenance at the plant to coincide with the pipeline inspection, Rumsey said. Doing so would prevent having to take the plant offline for the same work in the future, he noted.
The $900 million plant began full-time operations on Oct. 2.
Because the plant’s maintenance was approved by NYISO, the independent system operator that monitors grid reliability, the outage did not interrupt electrical services, said Rumsey.
The pipeline inspection was prompted when workers noticed a strange smell during a routine walk-through review of the line off Route 284 near the Minisink-Wawayanda boundary, said Michelle Hook, director of public relations for Millennium.
Hook said pressure to the pipe was shut off and workers dug up a portion of the line to investigate the source of the odor.
The smell turned out to be decaying hay, Hook said.
She explained that workers used hay during wintertime construction of the pipeline to help equipment navigate through snow. Hook said some of the hay mixed into backfill used to cover the pipes.
The pipe was fully examined to confirm there were no other issues, Hook said. The inspection included taking x-rays inside the pipe.
“Our policy is to always be proactive in such situations, no matter how small the irregularity we think we may have. In this case, it was nothing,” Hook wrote in an email Tuesday.
Services at the CPV plant and Valley Lateral Pipeline have returned to normal.
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