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New generator just days away from being started

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FINAL tests are being carried out on Guernsey Electricity's new £14m. generator, ready for it to be started in the next few days.

FINAL tests are being carried out on Guernsey Electricity's new £14m. generator, ready for it to be started in the next few days.

The 360-tonne medium speed diesel was brought to Guernsey in September and since then cables and pipes have been connected to get the equipment ready to go on-line.

Project manager Tom Woodford, pictured, said staff from manufacturer Wartsila had been working with Guernsey Electricity to get the generator up and running.

'The major components are in place and it is hoped the engine will be started in the very near future,' he said. 'Once in service, the engine will undergo a number of further tests, with and without electricity load, to check all systems are in working order.'

GE operations director Bob Beebe said the machine should be started in the next few days.

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