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The Texas City Refinery is the second-largest oil refinery in the state,and the third-largest in the United States. BP acquired the Texas City refinery as part of its merger with Amoco in 1998.It had an input capacity of 437,000 barrels per day (18,354,000 gallons or 69,477,448 litres) as of January 1, 2005.
On March 23, 2005, a fire and explosion occurred at BP's Texas City Refinery in Texas City, Texas, killing 15 workers and injuring more than 170 others. BP was charged with criminal violations of federal environmental laws, and has been subject to lawsuits from the victim's families.
TEXAS CITY — BP’s Texas City refinery lost power to the entire facility about 11 p.m. Monday. Texas City Emergency Management officials have issued a Level 3 shelter-in-place order.
Because of the power outage, BP is flaring to burn off excess product. At least nine large flares could be seen from Interstate 45 and the Texas City Wye.
HOUSTON, April 25 (Reuters) - BP Plc's 475,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Texas City, Texas, lost power at about 11 p.m. local time Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday) sending nearby residents indoors with orders to shut off their air conditioners during the humid night, according to Texas City police.
BP released a statement, "This evening at approximately 10:55 pm, the BP Texas City refinery and chemical plant lost power. The site immediately called the City and declared a level 3 emergency. The City declared a shelter in place for its residents.
The order was lifted at 3 a.m. and the alert level lowered to a Level 2 monitoring situation, Texas City Homeland Security Coordinator Bruce Clawson said. While the threat level was lowered, the city was not going to send out a phone alert until about 6 a.m. so not to wake residents, Clawson said.
But at about 4:40 a.m. power went down at the Valero and Marathon Oil refineries in Texas City. Both of those facilities activated their flare systems.
Neither BP or Texas City officials could confirm the cause of the outage.
There is some indication because of drought and windy conditions in the county that a build up of salt on power line insulators may be to blame for the power outages. Area refineries and chemical plants experienced power "blips" last week several times, officials said.
At least 13 people reported to the emergency room at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City complaining of respiratory problems, officials said.
GALVESTON — Island officials struck a deal with the city of Houston on Monday to pump water to Galveston to offset the water that’s leaking from the main water supply line for the county.
LeBlanc blamed Gulf Coast Water Authority’s former manager for “creating this disaster” because of decisions not to have the needed materials on hand to contend with a rupture of the line.
LeBlanc claimed that two years ago, mid-level managers of the authority asked for the necessary supplies to make emergency repairs should a line rupture. In a cost-saving move, then-manager Robert Istre declined to make the supply purchase, LeBlanc said.
Istre, who already was under fire for his managerial abilities, resigned Thursday. David Sauer, the interim general manager of the authority who was in charge of the authority’s canals and feed lines, confirmed that requests for supplies for the line had been denied.
Originally posted by ToneDeaf
If this warning is because of a power outage, my question is :
what would happen in a total grid collapse which could be caused
by the massive solar flair that's is predicted to occur in 2012 ?
. . . scary thought .
I'm left wondering how salt buildup would cause such power disruptions in an area on the coast. I've lived here my entire life (I'm 42) and have never heard of anything like this happening.
This is Texas City Emergency Management. The shelter in place has been lifted. I repeat, the shelter in place has been lifted. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the community informed
Although Texas-New Mexico Power supplies electricity to the plants, the power company’s transmission system functioned properly, TNMP spokeswoman Cathy Garber said.
There were four events affecting Texas-New Mexico Power’s transmission system in Texas City, which occurred between 9:25 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday, Garber said.
An event like this can occur for a number of reasons, such as equipment failure or the weather, Garber said. “We do not know what caused these events,” Garber said, “as none of them occurred on Texas-New Mexico Power’s facilities.”
The likely culprit, however, could be salt accumulation on lines and related equipment, she said. “Part of the problem is dryness,” Garber said. “It makes the stuff accumulate on transformers, bushings and all equipment pieces, causing it to crack where it affects the ability of the lines to conduct.”
Although the company wasn’t sure salt was the culprit, it intends to take a proactive approach, Garber said.
“We’ll send teams out to clean the residue off the transformers, physically clean the equipment, since rain isn’t doing it for us,” Garber said.
Originally posted by 1curious1
reply to post by jadedANDcynical
Not sure if you're close, but there was a thread earlier today about a loud rumbling in OKC. Is this anywhere close to you?