Power outage knocks out Tesoro

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Nearly 3,300 Homer Electric Association customers in the North Kenai area lost power Monday afternoon due to a problem with the substation that serves them.

The outage, which began at 3:37 p.m., was the result of a malfunction at the Bernice Lake substation, according to HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher.

Gallagher said the problem was a faulty transformer at the substation operated by Chu-gach Electric. He said crews worked on it immediately, and power was restored to the area by 5:45 p.m.

Short as the outage was, though, it was not without a few inconveniences. Among the HEA customers affected was the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski.

The refinery lost all power and the Nikiski Fire Depart-ment was called to monitor shut-down procedures at the plant.

"Anytime HEA power goes off, it's pretty standard for us to go out there," said Battalion Chief Barry Wheeler. "The guys get pretty busy shutting things down. I'm not sure what the process is, but it could be pretty intensive until everything is shut down."

Though no one from Tesoro could be reached for a comment, Wheeler said Monday's power outage procedure went smoothly.

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