Hess works with power co. on NJ Port Reading refinery restart

Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:08am EST

* Hess did not say when Port Reading refinery would restart
    * PSEG substation powering refinery shut again Monday
    * 45,000 in Central New Jersey lose power for about 2 hours

    By Scott DiSavino
    Nov 13 (Reuters) - U.S. oil company Hess Corp was
working with the local power company to determine if there was
enough electricity to restart the Port Reading refinery in New
Jersey, a company spokesperson said late Monday.
    On Monday, New Jersey power company Public Service
Enterprise Group Inc said its Sewaren substation, which
provides power to the refinery, went out of service at about
2:40 p.m. EST.
    Earlier Monday, PSEG said it had restored service to that
substation by Sunday. Hess said last week that substation outage
was preventing the oil company from restarting the 70,000
barrel-per-day refinery.
    The loss of the substation late Monday affected about 45,000
PSEG customers in parts of Perth Amboy, Rahway, Woodbridge,
Carteret, Fanwood, Westfield, Mountainside, Edison, Plainfield
and Scotch Plains, New Jersey, the utility said in a release.
    PSEG however said all customers were restored by about 4:15
p.m. Monday.
    Officials at Hess and PSEG were not immediately available
Tuesday morning for comment on the substation or the refinery or
other oil operations in the Central New Jersey area.
    Hess shut Port Reading about two weeks ago as Hurricane
Sandy was bearing down on the U.S. East Coast. 
    Separately, Hess said late Monday after PSEG restored power
to the Sewaren area that the terminal operations and truck rack
at Port Reading were operating on utility power.
    In the week after Sandy hit, Hess said it had no utility
power and was using generator power to operate its truck rack.
    Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey two weeks ago, knocking out
power to about 8.5 million homes and businesses in 21 states.
    Separately, PSEG said over the weekend the 558-megawatt
Sewaren natural gas/oil-fired power plant in Woodbridge, New
Jersey, was still out of service due to flooding from Sandy. The
company did not say when the power plant would return to
    The Sewaren plant sells power into the PJM power grid. PJM
is the biggest power grid in the United States serving more than
60 million people in 13 U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states and
the District of Columbia.
    Hess said the refinery produces all of the steam needed for
operations from internal sources and was not dependent on the
Sewaren power plant for steam.