Transformer fire idles South Texas nuke plant unit

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) — Officials at a Texas Gulf Coast nuclear plant are assessing damage and trying to find a cause for a transformer fire that's shut one of the two generating units.

No injuries were reported in the Tuesday night fire at Unit 2 of the South Texas Project about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

South Texas Electric Generating Station spokesman Buddy Eller said Wednesday firefighters stationed at the plant put out the blaze within 10 minutes and Unit 2 automatically was shut. There's no immediate timetable for the plant to come back on line.

Unit 1 is continuing to produce power normally.

The two 1,350-megawatt generators began working in 1988 and 1989. They're owned by NRG Energy, CPS Energy and Austin Energy and serve 2 million customers.

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