DTE plant sees minor damage in explosion

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) experienced minor damage to a fuel handling system and one worker was injured, although did not require hospitalization, as a result of a small explosion at a coal bunker at its St. Clair power plant in Michigan.

The accident occurred at Unit 1 around 9 p.m. May 20, said a DTE spokesperson. The worker received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Five of the 1,400-MW plant’s six units were operating at the time of the accident while one unit was down for planned maintenance.

A couple of local fire departments responded to the explosion. Unit 1 was temporarily removed from service immediately after the accident, while the other four operating units continued to run at reduced power.

Unit 1, which sustained mild damage in the accident, is rated at 158 MW, the spokesperson said. The accident is under investigation.

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