May 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm #2268
UPDATE 2-Conoco says refinery in Sweeny, Texas restarting
* Late-morning power outage hits Conoco refinery* No injuries, company says HOUSTON, May 10, 2011 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips’ 247,000
barrel-per-day Sweeny, Texas refinery was restarting on Tuesday
afternoon following a late morning power outage, the company
said. “At 11:15 this morning (1615 GMT), the refinery experienced
a power failure that resulted in the shutdown of several
refinery units and activation of the refinery’s flare system,”
Conoco spokesman Rich Johnson said in a statement. “Power has since been restored and the refinery is in the
process of restarting the affected units,” Johnson said. “There
were no injuries or offsite impacts associated with this
incident.” He declined to say what impact the power outage would have
on production at the refinery. Conoco was investigating the cause of the outage, Johnson
said. The Sweeny refinery was hit by an April 26 outage due to a
broken power pole at electricity distributor Texas New Mexico
Power, a PNM Resources subsidiary.[color=#ff0000 size=3]Three refineries in Texas City, Texas were hit between
April 25-26 due to outages on power lines because of drought
conditions. All three also receive power from Texas New Mexico
Power. A Texas New Mexico Power spokeswoman said power was being
restored to a line at the Conoco Sweeny refinery when the
outage occurred. “They had finished cleaning the insulators,” said Cathy
Garber. “The refinery was given to go-ahead to restore power.
Then there was some kind of switching error.” The build-up of dirt and refining residue on insulators was
blamed for power problems in Texas City in late April. A severe
drought across Texas means there has has not been enough rain
to clean off the insulators, as normally happens.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba and Kristen Hays; Editing by Dale
Hudson and Lisa Shumaker)
May 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm #5102
COP Sweeny is restarting Refinery, Coker & other units from same Power outage that hit 3 other refineries also supplied by the Texas New Mexico Power supplier – build up of dirt on insulators and lack rain washing due drought conditions were blamed as one causes.
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