WDSU-TV is reporting that the person trapped at the Entergy plant at the Michoud facility has been rescued by a New Orleans Fire Department crew.
The station tweeted photos of him being taken to a hospital in a helicopter.
The person was reportedly trapped in a 20-foot hole after a gas line exploded at the plant.
Firefighters responded to a one-alarm blaze at the plant at 1:13 p.m. Thursday and said just after 2 p.m. that a person was trapped. It was unclear what work was being done at the time of the accident.
In June, the company applied to the New Orleans City Council to build a natural gas-burning plant at the site of its 1960s-era Michoud power plant. Entergy deactivated two aging Michoud units this month, a decision driven largely by the equipment’s rising maintenance costs. Keeping the less-efficient units operating would have cost nearly as much as building the new plant, the company said.
The new plant would be 226-megawatts. One megawatt is enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.