Coal, Emissions, Gas, O&M, Water Treatment

Duke Energy: 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spills into the Ohio River

Approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel oil being transferred to the W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power station accidently spilled into the Ohio River Monday night.

According to Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), the oil spilled into the river for nearly 15 minutes at the site located in Clermont County, Ohio. Duke notified local, state and environmental agencies, and the Coast Guard. Northern Kentucky Water District and Greater Cincinnati Water Works were also notified.

“We notified state and local authorities of the incident and have been working with them throughout the overnight hours,” said Chuck Whitlock, Duke Energy President of Midwest Commercial Generation and Vice President of gas operations. “We have cleanup crews on site that are identifying the appropriate actions that will be needed to remediate.”

Duke Energy owns 100 percent of Units 1 through 5, although Units 1 through 4 have already been retired, and 37.5 percent of Unit 6. Dayton Power & Light owns 50 percent of Unit 6 and American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) owns 12.5 percent.

The station includes four combustion turbine generating units which burn fuel oil and are primarily used for generating electric during high demand or emergency situations.

The station is dispatched into PJM. Duke Energy Ohio expects to retire the six coal-fired units by Jan. 1, 2015.