Power plant: Amandi Power Plant in New Orleans, Louisiana, has been temporarily shut down for maintenance
New Orleans — Amandi Energy, a French energy company, announced Monday it had shut down its power plant in the United States for maintenance and to protect its equipment from corrosion.
The company has been at the center of a fire that has damaged or destroyed more than 80 percent of the power plant’s power lines.
Amandi CEO Emmanuel Drouin said the plant had been operating normally during the outage.
Amanda is the owner of several energy facilities in the state, including power plants in New York and Georgia.
The power plant was the site of a recent gas leak, which led to a water main break in the area, Droui said in a statement.
He did not provide further details about the cause of the leak.
Drouis’ company is the only utility to have its power lines blown up in the past, including a 2011 fire at a facility in Texas.
Power plant safety experts say a number of incidents involving equipment have occurred since the plant shut down, including at least one incident in which a fire caused the fire-damaged equipment to fail, causing the plant to go into an uncontrolled burn.
Derelict power lines are a safety concern because they can easily catch fire and cause damage.
DOURIN SAYS POWER PLANT HAS BEEN OPERATING NORMALLY FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS, BUT POWER COULD LEAD TO LOSSES, ACCIDENTALITY IN THE AREA FOR AN ADDITIONAL NUMBER OF HOURES At least 80 percent are still working, DOURIES CO-CEO ANTONIO ROLAN said in the statement.
“The Amandi plant in New Iberia has been operating under normal conditions for a few days, but unfortunately there is a risk that the power of the plant could cause a loss of electricity and thus jeopardize the safety of our customers.”
In an emergency, the plant is expected to shut down completely, and the area will be cordoned off, according to Amanda.
The plant is owned by the French energy firm Suez, which has a fleet of gas-fired power plants throughout France.
Amati Energy is based in the New York area and operates several facilities in Georgia, Virginia and Florida.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.