GE says four HA turbines in U.S. shut down due to blade problem


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By Alwyn Scott

(Reuters) - Basic Electrical Co (GE.N) stated on Thursday that 4 of its flagship energy generators in the USA have been shut down because of an issue with turbine blades that was found at an electrical energy plant in Texas owned by Exelon Corp (EXC.N).

The emailed assertion to Reuters went past GE's acknowledgement earlier Thursday that the issue had shut down just one turbine, referred to as the 7HA, however was more likely to have an effect on others.

"We have now 14 7HA models in service in america and 10 models are operating and accumulating hours," GE spokesman Chris Shigas stated. "The method requires an impacted turbine to be shut down for a restricted period of time. We're working with Exelon and anticipate the models to return to service quickly."

(Reporting by Alwyn Scott in New York; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama and Jeffrey Benkoe)