South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal is reviewing export targets for 2015 after a power cut in February forced it to reduce this year’s goal, the head of the world’s largest standalone export facility for the fuel said.
The service interruption Metro- North Railroad near New York shows how dependent the busiest U.S. passenger-rail corridor is on electric power and how easily a breakdown in one component can paralyze U.S. infrastructure.
New York’s Metro-North Railroad is shut down along the Hudson River after a train derailment caused the first passenger fatalities in the line’s 30-year history, renewing scrutiny of safety on one of the city’s major mass- transit arteries.
South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the world’s largest standalone facility for the fuel, said the power failure that started at the end of January is costing 200 million rand ($18 million) a day.
Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. and Motiva Enterprises LLC were among the companies that reported refinery flaring in Port Arthur, Texas, due to a power failure, according to recorded messages posted on the Southeast Texas Alerting Network.
Less than a year after Consolidated Edison Inc. left 900,000 customers in the dark during Hurricane Sandy, the utility faces the wrath of stranded commuters over a power failure that has crippled trains from New York to Boston.