WTU Fort Phantom Power Station - Executive Summary
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WTU Fort Phantom Power Station
Fort Phantom Power Station is one of seven natural gas fueled power generating facilities in the West Texas Utilities (WTU) subsidiary, which includes a total of 12 generating facilities throughout west Texas. This site is located near the city of Abilene, TX. The facility has 33 full time employees.
West Texas Utilities (WTU) is an investor-owned utility. The company's common stock is held by Central and South West Corporation, a registered public holding company headquartered in Dallas, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The facility is a two-unit steam electric power station with a total generation of approximately 360 mw. It burns natural gas as the primary fuel. Both Units are General Electric steam turbine generators with Riley boilers installed in 1974 and 1977.
The following information is part of a complete Risk Management Plan (RMP) that was prepared for the WTU Fort Phantom Power Station. The information incl
udes accident prevention and safety programs, emergency preparedness and response programs, chemical description, five year accidental release history, alternative release scenario and the worst case scenario. The sharing of this type of information is a means to improve community safety, not a prediction of the probability that either a worst case or more likely scenario would ever occur. These scenarios are estimates required by the Environmental Protection Agency and are used to illustrate the importance for risk reduction, safety, prevention and emergency preparedness and response.
The Fort Phantom Power Station has been producing electricity for almost 25 years. During this time, there has not been any chlorine release that adversely impacted the plant or the surrounding community.
The release scenarios, a worst case scenario and an alternative release scenario, are designed to be exercises which calculate the potential impact on the community based upon extreme conditions def
ined by the governing agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A worst case scenario is defined as the complete release of the largest inventory of the chemical over 10 minutes under weather conditions that would allow the chemical to travel as far as possible. The distance(s) used in this plan are from the EPA Offsite Consequence Analysis Guide (April 1999). It also assumes that none of the site's mechanical controls or safety systems is operational for this theoretical exercise. However, the laws of physical science do not allow a complete release of the chemical as described in the worst case scenario.
The worst case scenario for the Fort Phantom Power Station involves a cylinder containing 2,000 pounds of chlorine. The entire quantity is released and vaporizes over a 10 minute period and the resulting vapor cloud travels down wind. A level of concern to the community extends 3.0 miles down wind.
Given these unrealistic guidelines of a worst case scenario, more reali
stic scenarios or alternative release scenarios were also developed. These scenarios involve smaller releases and allow a site's safety systems to work. The alternative release scenario may be used by local government and industry to prepare emergency response plans.
The alternative release scenario for the Fort Phantom Power Station involves the failure of a one-fourth inch pigtail or similar connection releasing chlorine for a duration of 60 minutes. The resulting cloud extends 0.3 miles down wind.
WTU chlorinating systems are built and installed with safety controls designed to prevent accidental releases. Some of the typical safety equipment and systems used at the plant include:
- Storage cylinders meeting American Society of Mechanical Engineering requirements
- Interlocks and relief valves
- Specifically designed pressure gauges, fittings, connections, tubing and piping.
Plant employees, including plant operators, electricians, mechanics, and laboratory technicians, recei
ve training in the operation and maintenance of the chlorination system. This training includes emphasis on:
- Specific safe work practices
- Routine operating procedures
- Audit and inspection procedures
- Emergency operation including shut down
- Alarms and emergency notification procedures.
WTU has an established Preventative Maintenance Procedure specifically developed for the chlorination system. This procedure requires:
- Periodic inspection and testing of all mechanical systems
- Detailed documentation of all inspection and maintenance activity
- Documentation of equipment deficiencies
- Timely and appropriate repair of all deficiencies.
A Process Safety Management System has been specifically developed for the chlorination system at this plant in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act Process Safety Management rule. This management system requires:
- An initial and periodic analysis of engineering and administrative controls
- Investigation procedu
res designed to resolve and correct potential incidents
- Formal audits performed by trained individuals with knowledge of chlorination systems.
All Plant personnel handling chlorine are specially trained. This training includes:
- Emergency shutdown
- Emergency operation of the chlorinator
- Hazards of chlorine
- Safety procedures to be followed during normal operations
- Emergency Response Procedures
- Notification procedures
- Evacuation procedures.
Periodic inspection of the equipment is mandatory. Repairs are required on all items identified as defective during inspections.
If a release occurs, only trained Emergency Response Personnel will respond to assess and stop the leak. In all cases, necessary actions will be taken to control the release of chlorine.
- The Plant Control Room will be notified immediately if a chlorine leak is detected.
- Control Room personnel will coordinate emergency response procedures.
- Emergency response procedures may include:
cation of authorities
- Evacuation of plant personnel
- Evacuation of public
- Notification of plant and/or company managers.
West Texas Utilities (WTU) is committed to providing electricity to west Texas. We understand our responsibility to follow federal, state and local regulations in the most effective manner possible. WTU is doing its part to provide a safe environment for the residents in our community.