Power outages cause major oil refineries to shut-down on Texas Gulf Coast

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Power outages have forced major refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast to shut-down, causing two shelter-in-place emergency alerts and cancelling school in Texas City. 

According to a report from AP, investigations are ongoing into the cause of the power outages. 

Late in the evening of April 25, both the 475,000-barrel-a-day BP refinery and the Dow Chemical plant lost power. 

A fire ignited at BP’s Texas City refinery, but the company fire department was able to extinguish it quickly. The third largest refinery in the United States, BP’s Texas City refinery produces 3 percent of the nation’s gasoline. 

At 11 p.m. a shelter-in-place emergency alert was enacted for Texas City, but it was lifted at about 3 a.m. on the morning of April 26. 

Then just before 5 a.m., a power outage occurred at the Valero and Marathon Oil refineries. While Marathon was able to correct the power situation, the 245,000-barrel-per-day Valero refinery could not; and that refinery was forced to perform an emergency shut-down. 

Another shelter-in-place emergency alert was enacted for Texas City, and classes have been cancelled, reported local Fox New affiliate KRIV.

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