TECO Peoples Gas Outage Update
TAMPA, May 18, 2010
Early this morning, the TECO Peoples Gas gate station that serves the Jupiter and North Palm Beach County areas experienced a loss in pressure that impacted approximately 10,500 customers. The reason for the drop in pressure is under investigation, but it appears to be related to an overnight heavy thunderstorm.
The natural gas system’s loss of pressure does not appear to be from a rupture or leak.
Peoples Gas is beginning the process of restoration to customers as quickly and safely as possible and will be using more than 250 technicians from across the Palm Beach area as well as Miami and Fort Myers to assist in this effort.
We expect to start isolating the main distribution lines and begin restoration late tonight. The exact restoration time has not been determined; however, it is expected to be several days and could run into the weekend with critical facilities such as hospitals taking first priority.
Customers should not turn off their gas supply at the main meter. Only emergency personnel or utility personnel should turn the valve on or off. There is also no need for customers to turn off the gas for individual appliances at the appliance valve near each unit.
For latest update on our progress as well as safety tips please see www.peoplesgas.com.
Peoples Gas System, Florida's largest natural gas distribution company, is one of the four core businesses of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company, with regulated electric and gas utility operations in Florida through Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Peoples Gas serves approximately 335,000 customers in most of Florida's major metropolitan areas and beyond. Other TECO Energy subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and distribution and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.