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Power restored to 17,900 Entergy customers after 'short circuit event' in Port Arthur

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PORT ARTHUR -

Some Entergy Texas customers lost electricity due to a problem at a substation located on 39th Street.  The problem was reported around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. 

Entergy Spokesperson Debi Derrick told 12News by phone the incident was originally reported as a fire, but was a 'short circuit event.'

"We did determine that there was no actual fire.  Sometimes electrical events result in an arc or a flash and that can be misinterpreted as a fire," said Derrick.

Derrick said the short circuit event at the Kolbs substation resulted in a problem with a 230 KV line which serves industry and homes in the Port Arthur area

Derrick said there were 17,900 customers without power at the peak of the outage.  She said crews immediately began switching customers to alternatives.  She said power to all customers was restored by 1 p.m.

Entergy has begun an investigation into the incident.

Refineries in the area had to flare as a result of the power loss.

TOTAL Petrochemicals and Refining reported a fire at its facility located on Hwy. 366.  A statement issued by TOTAL around 1 p.m. said the fire had been put out.  No injuries were reported.

 

INFORMATION POSTED ON THE STAN (NOTIFICATIONS FROM AREA INDUSTRY)

This is TOTAL Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. on Hwy. 366 at our Port Arthur Facility. The Fire reported earlier at Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. has been extinguished. The Refinery's emergency response team was activated. The refinery is continuing to conduct air quality monitoring and there has not been offsite impact detected. 12:56pm

This is Air Products. L.P. at our Port Arthur Facility. Operations require flaring. Flares are safety devices that allow us to safely burn excess gasses. No action needed. 12:18pm

This is The City of Port Arthur. This is a message from the City of Port Arthur Entergy had an electrical malfunction at their sub station on 39 St in port Arthur and they are working on the problem. They should have full electrical power restored by early afternoon. All Area Industry was affected by the electrical problem and are flairing which is a safety mechanism to insure that no problems occur within the facility. Again the electricity should be restored by early afternoon 11:50am

This is TOTAL Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. on Hwy. 366 at our Port Arthur Facility. Operations require flaring. Flares are safety devices that allow us to safely burn excess gasses. No action needed.  11:12am

This is TOTAL Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. on Hwy. 366 at our Port Arthur Facility. The Refinery has experienced a fire within the facility. The Refinery's emergency response team has responded and the fire is contained and under control. At this time there is no reported injuries to refinery or contractor personnel nor was there any danger to the community. We apologize for any inconveniences or concerns this might have caused. This message was posted at 11:00am and will be updated as further information becomes available

This is Motiva at our Port Arthur Facility. Due to power failure Operations require flaring. Flares are safety devices that allow us to safely burn excess gasses. No action needed at this time.10:36am

This is Flint Hills Resources on Savannah Ave Due to an apparent loss of electricity, operations require flaring. Flares are safety devices that allow us to safely burn excess gasses. No action needed at this time. 10:23am


 

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