Friday, February 4, 2011

Explorer Pipeline returns to normal rates from Port Arthur to Tulsa following blizzard

TULSA, Okla. - The segment of Explorer Pipeline Co.'s 28-inch refined-products pipeline from Port Arthur, Texas, to Tulsa, Okla., is back to normal operating rates after being shut for more than 24 hours due to blizzard conditions in Texas and Oklahoma, a company spokesman said on Feb. 3.

The pipeline was shut at around 9:00 a.m. CST on Feb. 2 at the request of Texas power suppliers because of rolling blackouts, Explorer spokesman Tom Jensen said.

"The power company asked us to shut the line down so that power could be provided to other residential customers," Jensen said.

The pipeline returned to normal flow rates soon after its 10:30 a.m. CST startup on Feb. 3, he added.

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