Blast at DTE’s St. Clair Plant Leaves Employee with Minor Injuries

An explosion on Sunday night at a coal bunker at DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant in Michigan left one worker with a minor injury and caused minor damage to the plant. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Rescue crews responded after the explosion and several small fires were reported. DTE spokesperson John Austerberry told reporters the plant’s fueling system was shut down but returned to service on Monday. Two of the plant’s six units were offline, one having been shut down for maintenance before the incident.

“The reduced generation will not have a net result in any interruption in customer service,” Austerberry said. “We also appreciate the prompt response by the St. Clair and Marine City fire departments, they are good community partners,” he said.

The Saint Clair Power Plant is a 1,928-MW power plant fired by subbituminous coal and fuel oil. All units were built between 1953 and 1970. It is located in St. Clair County, Mich., on the west bank of St. Clair River.

Sources: POWERnews, DTE Energy

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