Xcel sues GE over turbine failure 07 Feb 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Xcel Energy Inc. and other plaintiffs are suing General Electric Company, claiming it hid a defect in a turbine that broke down at one of its plants and led to millions in losses.

The turbine failure happened at the Sherco 3 electric generator in Becker in 2011. The turbine was being tested after an outage when it began to vibrate and broke apart, starting a fire, the Star Tribune reported.

Xcel says 22 months of repairs cost it more than $200 million. It alleges GE and its affiliates knew about a defect in its turbine blades for decades and had documented earlier failures and improved its design, but never told Xcel.

GE spokesman Shaun Wiggins said the claim of concealment is “simply false.”

Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com