Department of Energy Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy Situation Report # 3 October 29, 2012 (3:00 PM EDT)

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 29, 2012 – 3 PM EDT

Highlights:

  • As of 2:00 pm EDT October 29, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Hurricane Sandy has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Sandy is 110 miles southeast of Atlantic City, NJ moving north-northeast at 28 mph. The NHC predicts hurricane force winds are expected along portions of the coast between Chincoteague, VA and Chatham, MA. On the forecast track the center of the storm is forecast to make landfall this evening along the southern New Jersey coast.
  • A State of Emergency has been declared for Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
  • As of 2:00 pm EDT October 29, the impacted States report a total of 316,563 customers without power in the affected areas. See State totals below. 

 

Summary

Electric Outages by State

Impacted State

Current Customer Outages

Percentage of Customers Without Power

Peak Outages Reported in DOE SitReps

Customers Restored Since Peak

Connecticut

    2,073

<1%

    2,606

533

Delaware

    2,406

<1%

    3,234

828

Maryland

  20,199

<1%

  20,199

0

Massachusetts

  30,413

<1%

  30,413

0

New Hampshire

  18,190

  3%

  18,190

0

New Jersey

  87,649

  2%

  87,649

0

New York

105,089

  1%

105,089

0

North Carolina

  14,466

<1%

  15,466

0

Pennsylvania

  12,944

<1%

  12,944

0

Rhode Island

  11,009

  2%

  11,009

0

Virginia

  11,125

<1%

  11,125

0

TOTAL:

316,563

Note: States with fewer than 1,000 outages are not included in the table. Due to a large number of service providers, including investor owned utilities and cooperatives, the number of customer outages reported may not be comprehensive.

Sources: Outages obtained from company web sites and DOE communications. Total State customers are based on 2010 EIA Customer Data. 

  • Utilities have prepared for the hurricane by pre-positioning supplies, securing workers, and requesting mutual assistance support to restore power after the storm makes landfall. Restoration activities will be contingent upon wind levels and flood conditions in the impacted areas. Details on preparation activities are highlighted below.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) stated today (October 29) that no nuclear generating plants have been shut down due to Hurricane Sandy. All plants have made preparations in advance of the storm and the NRC has pre-positioned inspector at all nuclear plants which could be impacted. 

 

Refineries in the Path of Sandy (as of 1 p.m. EDT 10/29/12)

                                                                   Capacity (B/D)

Refinery

Location

Operating Capacity *

Shut Down

Restarting

Reduced Runs

Normal

Hess *

Port Reading, NJ

     70,000

X

Monroe Energy

Trainer, PA

   185,000

X

PBF

Delaware City, DE

   182,200

X

PBF

Paulsboro, NJ

   160,000

X

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (Sunoco)

Philadelphia, PA

   335,000

X

Phillips 66

Linden, NJ

   238,000

X

X

TOTAL

1,170,200

308,000

0

862,000

0

 Note: The table does not include asphalt refineries or facilities already closed in prior years.

*The Hess Port Reading, NJ facility does not process crude, but processes gas oils to produce petroleum products.

Sources: Confirmed by company or on company web site. Various trade press sources

 Ports and Terminals  

  • As of 1:00 pm EDT October 29, the U.S. Coast Guard reports closures for ports in Sector New York; Sector Long Island Sound; Sector Delaware Bay, including Philadelphia; and for ports along coastal waters in Virginia and Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay entrance. However, the Ports of Baltimore, MD, and Hampton Roads, VA are open with restrictions. The Ports of Boston, MA and Providence, RI are also open with restrictions.
  • As of 1:00 pm EDT October 29, the following terminals are shut down or preparing to shut down this afternoon:  

o Phillips 66’s terminals in Riverhead, NY and Tremley Point, NJ.  

o NuStar Energy’s terminals in Paulsboro and Linden, NJ; Virginia Beach and Dumfries, VA; Piney Point, Andrews AFB, and Baltimore, MD.  

o ExxonMobil Everett, MA; East Providence, RI; and Springfield, MA terminals.  

o Hess’ Groton, CT terminal, one of the NE Heating Oil Reserve Terminals.

 Petroleum Pipelines  

  • As of 12:30 pm EDT, October 29, Colonial Pipeline reports operations continue to be normal as contingency plans are being made for shutting down mainline operations in the Northeast due to  Hurricane Sandy. Colonial is continuing to serve its customers who are still operating and is supplying its own storage tanks in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.
  • As of 1:00 pm EDT October 29, trade press report that Buckeye Pipe Line has shut some lines out of Linden, NJ including pipelines to Queens and elsewhere in New York City, but the company is still shipping jet fuel to JFK, La Guardia, and Newark airports, and gasoline to Pennsylvania.

 Electric Restoration Information

Maryland and Washington, DC

  • Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), serving Maryland, announced today (October 29), it is mobilizing more than 4,100 employees, contractors and out-of-state linemen, tree personnel and support staff. Since Friday, approximately 1,700 out-of-state and contract linemen, tree personnel and support staff from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas have committed to assist BGE.
  • PEPCO, serving Maryland and Washington, DC, stated they received commitments for 1,473 outside crew members to assist their 600 internal and contract personnel and 300 tree removal personnel.

Virginia and West Virginia  

  • Dominion Virginia Power reported today (October 29) that it has more than 5,500 workers responding to the storm, including 2,600 workers from other utilities, using more than 800 bucket trucks.
  • Appalachian Power, serving West Virginia and Virginia, reported on October 28, more than 350 workers have been secured from AEP sister companies and will be moving into place on today (October 29). The workers will assist locally-based Appalachian Power employees should the storm cause widespread damage to electrical facilities.

 New York and New Jersey  

  • Atlantic City Electric, serving New Jersey, announced yesterday (October 28) that it has 249 internal and contract line personnel and 224 tree removal personnel on the system and ready for quick mobilization.
  • Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a First Energy subsidiary serving New Jersey, reported today (October 29) that it has moved 1,400 linemen and 1,200 forestry crews into position to restore power to customers. Crews have arrived in New Jersey from Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Canada. Restoration work will begin once the winds subside to safe levels since bucket trucks carrying linemen are not safe during high winds. The storm may delay a full assessment of damage until at least Wednesday (October 31) and then estimates will be developed for restoration times. Once the storm has passed, JCP&L will have 10 helicopters available to assess damage from the air.
  • Public Service Electric & Gas (serving New Jersey), noted today (October 29) that it has 1,179 contractors, linemen and tree crews staged to respond to outages. PSE&G is working to secure additional resources that may be needed depending on the amount of damage and outages.
  • Orange & Rockland (O&R), serving New York and New Jersey, stated today (October 29) it’s 1,000 O&R field and administrative employees will be actively engaged in storm repair and service restoration work. They will be joined today by more than 800 contractor and mutual aid workers. Additional personnel and resources will be joining the effort through the week.
  • Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has secured extra on-island and off-island crews and tree trimmers to help with the restoration efforts. Crews are traveling from Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Florida, California and Iowa to arrive throughout the week to support the restoration efforts.
  • Con Edison, serving New York, reported Sunday (October 28) that they have secured over 700 external contractors, including line workers, tree crews and damage assessors, to assist with storm restoration.

Source: http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov