Explosion at Oak Grove Power Plant - What went wrong?

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Franklin, TX -- On October 13, an explosion at the Luminant Coal Fired Power Plant erupted from a blown transformer. 

The explosion was first reported as a fire at 6:08pm.  Robertson County dispatchers received a call that the fire had started because of "an electrical issue."  At 6:40pm, the Robertson County Sheriff's office released an alert that emergency crews were working on a "turbine fire."  By 6:50pm, emergency crews left the scene.

What was earlier reported to be a fire, was, in fact, an explosion from a transformer.  "There was no fire (the earlier report of a fire was incorrect) and no injuries.  The plant is operational.  Plant personnel are investigating the cause of the transformer issue," said Luminant in a statement.

Oak Grove Power Plant won Power Plant of the Year (2010) for completing their project on time and within budget.

What fire protection would you recommend for a transformer? Read our coal-fired power plant fire hazard article here for some hints.


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