LP power plant backin business

LIHU’E — Lihu’e Plantation’s main power-generating unit came back on line

Monday after mechanical problems forced a shut-down in mid-February.

The

company produces power for Kauai Electric loads using bagasse, a by-product of

sugar cane.

At least three times during the shut-down, KE asked LP, which

is owned by Amfac Sugar Kauai, to suspend normal operations at the sugar plant

so KE would have enough power for the rest of its customers.

Only the LP

boiler was kept going during those peak periods between 6 and 9 p.m., said Lyle

Tabata, Amfac Sugar Kaua’i vice president and manager.

With ample supplies

of bagasse from Amfac Sugar Kaua’i’s Eastside (LP) and Westside (Kekaha Sugar

Company) operations, plus additional loads being delivered from Gay &

Robinson’s sugar operations, the LP mill has been cranking out power this week

for KE’s loads.

With the LP mill back on line, KE will soon begin an

overhaul of one of its main power-generating units at Port Allen.

Amfac

Sugar Kaua’i has insurance that will provide the company some reimbursement for

the electric bills it racked up with KE as a power-buyer rather than

power-producer, during the time its generating unit was down, Tabata said.

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